WE CARE! MEDITERRANEAN CLEANUP
THANK YOU to the 436 volunteers together with whom we picked up over 660 lbs. of garbage.
There isn’t much more to say, the figures speak for themselves, and are both encouraging and alarming. We were filled with HOPE by the more than 160 children and young people who opened their eyes to see how their beaches were home to so much filth.
We had people from more than 10 different countries, grandparents with their grandchildren, families, individuals who woke up early and travelled from different parts of Catalonia and even families of our staff who joined from Madrid or Switzerland.
This past Saturday there was no intolerance, no racism, no disagreements; We were all united in our fight for a common goal: the recovery of our Mediterranean, TO RAISE AWARENESS to those surprised by what we found in such a short time. Our concern for Climate Change and the need to change our habits.
It was a three-dimensional cleanup: the seabed was cleaned by 36 scuba divers, volunteers picked up trash on the beaches in the town of Calella de Palafrugell, along the coastal paths and rocks and in Llafranc, and also the surface of the sea, with the young activist Olivia Mandle and her “homemade” tool to remove microplastics from the sea surface. This young woman who was recognized in 2020 by the Institute of Dr. Jane Goodall and who has more than 100,000 signatures in her campaign on Change.org calling for the end of the Dolphinariums in Spain. She led groups of young people who wanted to learn about and use her “Jelly Cleaner”, and pick up as much garbage as possible, all angered by the trash left by others their age for their ”botellón” parties.
Change is here and although we are still small in numbers those of us who want to be a part of the movement, we must continue to do our small part, uniting for this wonderful and peaceful common goal: our present and our future. Our planet and our oceans.
We feel enormous gratitude this year for all the people year who helped make our dream come true: to raise awareness and respect nature.
All this would not have been possible without the co-organization by the Environmental Department of the l’Ajuntament de Palafrugell (Palafrugell City Council).Thank you the Local Police for their help.
Thanks to our amazing partners who have accompanied us for yet another year @Poseidon and @Custom Sailing and to the Ria de Ferrol, the vintage sailboat that brought good vibes and activism with Olivia Mandle on board, from Port Pelegrí to Llafranc, @maralavista
Thanks to the new collaborators who have joined this year from Llafranc @Triton, @tourist Service @Barracuda
The Jane Goodall Institute traveled from Madrid, mobilizing young people from the area to participate in this cleanup. 63 old cellphones were collected for the Campaign “Mobilize for the Jungle”, for Roots & Shoots. Thank you for joining us and helping so much.
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