Published On: Tue, Apr 24th, 2018

Earth Day Curaçao 2018 – Klein Curaçao Clean-up

31143715_10213116464520327_2305922496173441024_nWILLEMSTAD - Earth Day is now a global event each year, where more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.

The Earth Day Network (EDN), the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, chose the theme for 2018 to End Plastic Pollution, including creating support for a global effort to eliminate primarily single-use plastics along with global regulation for the disposal of plastics.  EDN is educating millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including pollution of our oceans, water, and wildlife, and about the growing body of evidence that plastic waste is creating serious global problems.

From poisoning and injuring marine life to the abundant presence of plastics in our food to 31167045_10213116464720332_7159202198822322176_ndisrupting human hormones and causing major life-threatening diseases and early puberty, the exponential growth of plastics is threatening our planet’s survival. EDN has built a multi-year campaign to End Plastic Pollution.  The goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning plastics.

DSC_7755On April 21st, 2018; Curacao Clean Up, Sea Turtle Conservation Curaçao and the Curacao Hospitality and Tourism Association’s (CHATA) Dive Task force organized a massive land and underwater event to clean up Klein Curaçao where over 120 volunteers participated.

With 40 scuba diving professionals from all parts of Curaçao, approximately 154 kg’s of marine debris was successfully and safely removed over the course of two dives.  The debris removed primarily consisted of electricity cables, pan's, bottles, clothes, plastic cups and a lot of nylon fishing line.

On land, over 80 volunteers cleaned the north side of this deserted Caribbean island where a large amounts of single use plastics was collected.   Due to this effort, now the sea turtles can reach safe nesting places there by allowing the hatchlings a greater chance to reach the sea and survive.   In total, 600 extra-large trash bags were filled and removed from safely.

In addition to the many volunteers that supported this event, the success of this major Curaçao initiative is truly owed to the private sector, who DSC_7767came together as sponsors to provide the logistics and of course to supply the volunteers with nourishment after all the hard work of cleaning up was completed.

Special thanks to the following Sponsors for making Earth Day Curaçao 2018 a reality; Mermaid Boat Trips, Blue Finn Charters (Black & White), Miss Ann, Breezes Boat Trips, Ocean Encounters Diving Curaçao, CURious 2 DIVE, Turtle & Ray Productions HD, White Tip, VeNex Group, Firgos, Coca Cola, LB Construction, and Diversity.

Together we have shown that we can tackle this global crisis right now on Curaçao when we take responsibility.  Together, let’s end plastic pollution right now in Curaçao!

Click here for the Earth Day Curaçao 2018 Video

By Bryan S. Horne, Dive Curaçao

Pictures & video courtesy of Turtle & Ray Productions HD

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