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In May 2017 our Dive2gether Crew conducted our annual beach-clean up in Plakias. Together with school children and other locals we were able to clear the bay of Plakias from any visible litter – above and under water!

Following the success of the previous year’s beach clean-up Crew members Paul and Martina went to the local primary school to hold a presentation on the damage that rubbish causes to the sea in front of the children and their teachers.

Plastic bag or jelly fish? Paul explains the grave consequences of this mix up
Plastic bag or jelly fish? Paul explains the grave consequences of this mix up

With playful examples they included the youngest ones of our community to visualize the recycling process and were overwhelmed by the number of volunteers that wanted to go on stage.

 

Paul and Martina demonstrating the best way to throw away large cartons
Paul and Martina demonstrating the best way to throw away large cartons

The children were also taught about the effect of Plakias’ infamous wind and how this blows much of the rubbish out to sea. They were explained that only throwing something in the bin isn’t enough but that they also need to check that it is not overflowing and windproof.

This presentation was given to around 90 children who, after the theoretical part in the school hall, enthusiastically helped clean up the beach of Plakias. A definite highlight were the divers from Dive2gether and Phoenix Dive Club who went looking for rubbish under water in Plakias bay!

Paul showing his findings of plastic to curious school children
Paul showing his findings of plastic to curious school children

The children were certainly inspired by Paul and Martina and we hope that this day will spread environmental awareness through the local area. We at Dive2gether are now looking forward to 2018’s beach clean-up!



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