On the 9th of May, tens of thousands of volunteers from communities all around the Mediterranean Sea will gather to participate in a unique project, which aims to clean up the beaches, islands and the sea. An all Mediterranean Big Splash Challenge is starting today!
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. For this action, teams in almost 20 countries have included fishermen, schools, local people, tourist groups, diving organisations and other various groups to get rid of marine trash.
Faisal Sadegh, the project coordinator of Let’s Do It! Mediterranean emphasises how essential a project like this is for the community. “What we’re doing with these videos is starting a wave. One which hopefully goes around the Mediterranean and gets stronger because of the different people working together. The action works only when people see that pollution, waste and other harmful environmental effects impact everyone without restriction. I urge people to join, or start an action in their country and to surf the wave with us!” said Sadegh.
Studies show that 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. More than 220 million tourists visit the region each year, but only less than 1% of the sea is protected. Around 80% of all marine litter is plastic which is known to emit many dangerous toxins and biodegrade extremely slowly. Usage of plastic is said to rise about 5% per year. Some 250 billion microscopic pieces of plastic are floating in the Mediterranean, creating a biological hazard that accumulates further up the food chain.
The distinctive cultures around our sea, each with their own deep history and way of life share a common faith and we hope that through Let’s Do It Mediterranean, a common ambition for a clean Sea.
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The volunteers plan to continue organising a yearly international cleanup campaign until the year 2018. The “Let’s Do It!” movement started in Estonia in 2008, when a country with a population slightly over one million brought together 50,000 people to clean up the entire country in just five hours. By today, more than 11 million people and 112 countries have joined the Let’s Do It! network.
More information about Let’s Do It! Mediterranean action:
Let’s Do It! Mediterranean