UWE and Ocean Quest Dive Centre are joining in with Project Aware’s program “September in Debris Clean Up Month. We will be hosting a debris clean up on the 29th of Sept, at Belcara Park in Port Moody British Columbia. We are looking for volunteers for ocean and beach clean up, so please don’t worry if you are not a diver, we will need plenty of help.
Here is an excert from the Project Aware Website;
“In today’s “throw-away” society, it is all too easy to forget that we are drowing the ocean planet in our trash like plastic bottles and bags: plastics that never biodegrade in the occean and instead break down into even smaller pieces that remain a danger to marine animals that mistake them for food. The impact is both massive and horrific, and we urgently need your help to stop this.”
I have seen this first hand, while living in Cambodia. I would see plastic bottles floating in the Pacific Ocean, and as we would conduct our training dives and fun dives we would attempt to collect all that we could. On the beautiful tropical beaches we would see various forms of plastics, bags, cups, bottles, and the surprising thing was, they were not all from the area. I had figured this was a Khmer problem, that is was all their garbage and more education was needed which is what we tried providing in various villages on the island. But when you looked closer some of the plastic products were from further up the coast, Korea, Japan, Hawaii and yes even Canada. This proof that all the oceans are connected and what we do in our country can impact other countires as well.
Come on people, come out and join in to make this “September is Debris Clean Up Month” a huge success!! If you are interested in joining to help, please follow the link below and register to help!!