You can help tackle marine debris issues underwater during International Cleanup Day, September 25th. Are you in?
It's hard to picture six million tons of litter and debris entering the ocean in one year. But passionate AWARE Divers and volunteers are gearing up to remove harmful marine debris and collect data necessary for change. Join thousands of divers protecting their favorite dive sites during International Cleanup Day.
1. Locate a cleanup event near you on the AWARE in Action map and volunteer your underwater skills.
2. Can't dive in this month? Donate to support the efforts of AWARE dive teams tackling marine debris issues across the globe.
Last year, more than 30,000 AWARE Divers and volunteers documented and removed harmful litter surfacing with more than 91,000 plastic bottles and nearly 79,000 plastic bags. In total, the weight of all debris collected equaled the weight of 44 orca whales or 222 small cars.
The pinnacle cleanup event of the year, International Cleanup Day, is held each September in partnership with the Ocean Conservancy. But underwater cleanup efforts don't just end in September. Project AWARE and dedicated dive volunteers tackle the devastating impacts of marine debris year round.
"Removing and documenting the debris found underwater, is the first step to resolving the marine debris crisis and dedicated dive volunteers play a key role in providing a more complete understanding of these issues," states Director, Project AWARE Foundation, Jenny Miller Garmendia.
Take action on International Cleanup Day this 25 September at www.projectaware.org.