Monday, December 18, 2017

International beach clean-up day

beach clean upThis Saturday 19 September will mark the 30th anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup day, which will see volunteers all around the world helping to clean up their local beaches and coastlines in what is probably the biggest volunteer action in the world. Last year over 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries picked up more than 7 million kilograms of trash according to Ocean Conservancy, the organization that has helped to bring together beach clean-up volunteers over the past 25 years. The same organization also reported that last year in the Dominican Republic a little over 9.000 people helped clean up 30.000 kilos of trash.

Waste on the beach
Nobody enjoys going to a beach that is littered in waste. It’s not surprising therefore that a dirty beach is not good for tourism but there are further much wider spread ramifications. Trash on the beach means trash in the water, which in turn compromises the health of wildlife and the livelihoods of those that depend on a healthy ocean, including fishermen, dive schools and again the whole tourism industry.

Plastic in our oceans is often mistaken for food and ultimately this plastic ends up on our plates as well through the seafood we eat. Scientists are investigating the long-term impacts of toxic pollutants absorbed, transported, and consumed by fish and other marine life, including the potential effects on human health, and the picture so far does not look rosy.
It is estimated that around 80 percent of marine litter originates on land, and most of that is plastic. It is also a well-known fact that it is easier and less costly to clean up the trash while it is still on land, rather than try to clean up the ocean. 

DivingDiveboat clean up (source - ADSS Facebook)

North coast action
There will be several clean up the beach actions organized this Saturday on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, including one in Sosua and one in Puerto Plata.

In Sosua, a regular beach clean-up is organized every first Monday of the month together with the local dive schools and supported by the Sosua Association of Sustainable Development (ADSS). The beach they clean up every month is the main beach called Playa Grande and the divers clean up the main dive sites around the area. The latest report from the last clean-up on Monday 7 September highlight that every month there are more volunteers ready to help with the beach clean-up and that luckily the divers are finding it harder to find waste in Sosua Bay, which could indicate that people are starting to understand that it is important to keep their natural resources clean.


This Saturday, however, they will go to Playa Alicia close to Calle Stefania, which is a small beach that has not been cleaned for a long time. Any volunteers who would like to help should come to Alicia Beach on Saturday at 8am. In Puerto Plata, a similar beach clean-up action will be organized at the Malecon with volunteers gathering together at 7am.

Beach clean up diver (source - ADSS Facebook)Beach clean up divers (source - ADSS Facebook)

Want to help elsewhere?
Maybe you live closer to a different beach and would like to help clean up that one. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has an online form which volunteers can fill out to help clean their local beaches, no matter where they are located in the Dominican Republic, with a choice of 67 beaches in 17 coastal provinces.

According to a quoted press release, the Ministry of Environment has been organizing these beach-clean-ups on the International Beach Cleanup Day since 2010, focusing on cleaning up not only coastal stretches but also rivers and other waterways. They highlighted that last year 37,000 volunteers helped around the country in the quest to clean up both beaches and rivers.

Beach clean up (source - ADSS Facebook)Trash (source - ADSS Facebook)

Undeterred action
Can’t find any organized clean-ups for your beach? Motivate some friends or take your headphones with your favorite tunes and head out alone. Even only one person can make a huge difference.

Tips for cleaning up the beach

  • Start early, or start at the end of the day – it’s no fun to haul around trash when the sun starts beating down
  • Bring a big plastic bag
  • Bring some water
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen
  • Drop off the trash at a place where you know it will be picked up. Leaving it by the side of the road hoping that someone will dispose of it is a waste of your time and everything you picked up will find its way back to where it shouldn’t be.


Photos by ADSS






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