Scuba divers are tackling marine debris issues worldwide both in response to the Gulf oil spill and for International Cleanup Day, September 25th. Are you in?
It's hard to picture six million tonnes of litter and debris entering the ocean in one year. It's even harder to imagine an estimated 2 to 4 million barrels of oil spilling into the Gulf Coast in three short months. But passionate AWARE Divers and volunteers are gearing up to remove harmful marine debris and collect data necessary for change.
What can you do?
In the Gulf: Organize a cleanup to remove marine debris before oil arrives. Once oil soaks debris littering beaches and underwater environments, it becomes even more hazardous, costly and difficult to clean up. Register and report your Gulf cleanup activities and view other calls to action in the region.
International Cleanup Day: Mark your calendar for September 25th , register an underwater cleanup event, check the AWARE in Action cleanup map to volunteer your underwater skills or donate to Project AWARE Foundation and support the efforts of AWARE dive teams across the globe at www.projectaware.org.