A huge let's do it! Clean up the Mediterranean coast
On May 10th and 11th, tens of thousands of volunteers from communities around the Mediterranean and three continents gathered to participate in the clean-up activities held in 15 countries around the Mediterranean, making it the most extensive civic activity. He has organized leadership activities in this field.
With this project, let's do it! The Mediterranean aims to draw people's attention to pollution in the Mediterranean and to inspire communities to work together to change this situation. Studies have shown that pollution in the Mediterranean is very serious, and the level of plastic waste has exceeded the critical value. In some places, the volume of microplastics in the water exceeds the volume of plankton.
Faisal Sadegh, project coordinator for Let's Do It! The Mediterranean emphasizes that the impact of marine litter and waste generally transcends national borders. "Pollution will not stop on the borders of a country. The problem is spreading to the Mediterranean in a more direct way than ever before," Thad said.
Eva Truuverk, partner and treasurer of Let's Do It! The world further explained; “For example, huge landfills can be found on Lebanese beaches. Garbage is blown into the sea by the wind and reaches the coasts of other countries due to ocean currents,” she said.
To be precise, Sadegh pointed out that this is exactly why Let's Do It! The Mediterranean invites the whole region to participate in the clean-up.
"There is a separate cleanup action, but the scale and scope of this project is unprecedented. We need to work together for our shared environment." Indeed, let's do it! Mediterranean invites everyone to participate with their family, neighbors, and colleagues, and make this event a true community empowerment experience. "It just works better and is more fun to be together," Sadegh encouraged.
In addition, the operation was supported by fishermen, schools, locals, tourist groups, and most importantly, diving organizations. The Greek diving club Samos Divers is one of the coordinating organizations of underwater operations and has experience in removing garbage from a depth of 40 meters.
"Living on an island, the sea has been my'playground' for four years. I have been diving for 20 years. It often makes me sad to compare my childhood memories of the sea with the status quo. The truth about marine debris is Just because we often don’t see it, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist,” said Alexandros Malagaris, head of Samos Divers.
"The biggest motivation for my serious involvement in underwater clean-up work is to allow my 6-year-old son Philippos and my 3-year-old daughter Olympia to enjoy the wonders of the ocean as I did when I was a child. The clear waters are rich in marine life, without tires, and for boats. Batteries, bottles, cans and plastics," Malagaris said.
In Croatia, more than 5,000 people participated in 30 clean-up operations along the Mediterranean coast. During the clean-up operation in Split on the Croatian coast, more than 40 Estonian volunteers and 300 local people including 100 divers and marines cleaned up the seabed garbage. Through this cooperation, we collected four tons of garbage from the sea and beaches of Split. According to Let's Do It! reports, other operations took place in Egypt, Montenegro, Estonia, Malta, Lebanon, Tunisia and many other countries. Mediterranean.
Let's do it! The Mediterranean Movement is run and organized by volunteers, and the team plans to focus on organizing large-scale operations by 2018. "Let's do it!" The Estonian movement began in 2008, when a country with a population of just over 1 million gathered 50,000 people to clean up the country in just five hours. To date, nearly 10 million people and more than 100 countries have joined Let's Do It! The internet. Learn more about Let's Do It World and join!