The biggest voluntary Mediterranean cleanup action to take place this weekend!

Press release

07.05.2014

On the 10th and 11 of May, tens of thousands of volunteers from communities all around the Mediterranean Sea and from three continents will gather to participate in a unique project, which aims to clean up the beaches, islands and sea in as many Mediterranean countries as possible.

Let’s Do It! Mediterranean aims to draw attention to the pollution of the Mediterranean Sea and motivate communities to work together to change the situation. Studies show that the contamination of the Mediterranean Sea is very high and the level of plastic waste is beyond critical. In certain places the volume of micro plastic in the water exceeds that of plankton.

Faisal Sadegh, the project coordinator of Let’s Do It! Mediterranean emphasises how essential a project like this is to the community. “The Mediterranean is one of the most touristic regions in the world, connecting three continents with different social, economic and cultural backgrounds. Pollution does not stop at a county’s border, and the problems are spreading to affect the Mediterranean region in more direct ways than ever before,” he said.

Sadegh explains that this is exactly the reason why the organisers invite the whole region to participate and clean up together. “There have been separate cleanup actions, but the scale and scope of this project are unprecedented. We need to work together for the environment we all share. This is why we are inviting everybody to take part – we encourage you to support  this project by volunteering for the cleanup actions on the 10th and 11th of May. We invite people to come with their family, to bring neighbours, colleagues, etc. It simply works better and is much more fun together,” encouraged Sadegh.

During the action, fishermen, schools, local people, tourist groups, diving organisations and other various organisations will be involved. The coordinating organisation for underwater actions, the Greek diving club, Samos Divers, has the experience of removing trash from even 40 metres deep.

“Living on an island I am surrounded by the sea and it’s been my ‘playground’ for four decades. I have been scuba diving for 20 years. The comparison of my childhood memories of the sea and its current state often saddens me.  The truth about marine debris is that just because we often cannot see it, does not mean it’s not there,” said the leader of Samos Divers, Alexandros Malagaris.

“My deepest motive for getting seriously involved with underwater cleanups is so that my son Philippos, age 6, and my daughter Olympia, age 3, will be able to enjoy the wonders of the sea the way I did as a little boy. Abundant sea life in crystal clear waters, with the absence of tires, boat batteries, bottles, cans and plastics,” shared Malagaris.

The Let’s Do It! Mediterranean campaign is run and organised by volunteers, and the team plans to organise massive actions in concentrated periods until 2018. The “Let’s Do It!” movement started in Estonia in 2008, when a country with a population slightly over 1 million brought together 50,000 people to clean up the entire country in just five hours. By today, almost 10 million people and over 100 countries have joined the Let’s Do It! network.

You can find more information about the teams and actions of the Let’s Do It! Mediterranean here: link

Please find this press release translated also into other languages in the links: SpanishFrench; Italian; Greek; Slovenian; Montenegrin; Turkish; Portugese; Arab;  Russian; German.

The Let’s Do It! Mediterranean action is supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid fund and cooperating with the Union for the Mediterranean and .

More information about Let’s Do It! Mediterranean action:

Faisal Sadegh
Let’s Do It! Mediterranean

Main Project Coordinator
Tel: +356 99 435 806
E-mail: faisal@letsdoitworld.org
Home page: www.ldim.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LetsDoItMediterranean

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