What inspires you? International Cleanup Day is the world’s largest, one-day volunteer effort to clean the aquatic environment. Every year, thousands of divers, snorkelers and shoreline volunteers inspire communities with their commitment to clean waterways. Saturday, 18 September 2004, Project AWARE Foundation in cooperation with the Ocean Conservancy, will organize the underwater portion of global cleanup events.
With a unique view beneath the surface, divers see first-hand the effects of harmful debris. Without dive volunteers thousands of pounds of trash would remain “out of sight, out of mind.” Participating in International Cleanup Day is a great way for divers to give back to the dive site they enjoy. In 2003, more than 90 tons of underwater debris was removed including fishing line, cigarettes and beverage containers.
This year millions of pounds of rubbish will make its way to our coasts and waterways. International Cleanup Day aims to conserve aquatic ecosystems, educate the public on debris issues and gather data for resource managers. Volunteer underwater or along the shore this September. Visit the Project AWARE Foundation website www.projectaware.org for a list of cleanup locations near you.
Project AWARE Foundation is the dive industry’s leading nonprofit organization conserving underwater environments through education, advocacy and action.