The “Let’s Cleanup Europe” campaign kicks off
This year’s “Let’s Clean Up Europe” campaign has commenced in a very encouraging way with an extensive participation of European citizens. The campaign, coordinated in Greece for the 6th consecutive year by the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association – HELMEPA, between 3 May and 3 June 2019, aims to raise awareness on the serious problem of plastic and other types of litter polluting seas, coasts, rivers, forests and the natural environment in general.
According to cleanup registrations so far, 3,000 volunteers from HELMEPA Member companies, Embassies, Local and Port Authorities, schools of all levels and local associations have planned 51 cleanups of beaches, the seabed and land areas in Alexandroupolis, Astypalea, Athens, Bali and Plakias in Rethymnon, Chios, Efkarpia in Thessaloniki, Giannitsa, Giannitsochori of Ilia, Gythio, Ierapetra, Korissos of Kastoria, Larissa, Lemnos, Leros, Naxos, Nea Michaniona, Neapoli and Skala in Lakonia, Neos Marmaras in Chalkidiki, Nestos, Orestiada, Oropos, Perama, Pilio, Rafina, Stavroupoli, Volos, Vonitsa and Zakynthos.
Meanwhile, on May 6, HELMEPA coordinated an innovative cleanup of the archaeological site of Heraion in Perachora, combined with underwater cleanup of Vouliagmeni Lake, in collaboration with the “Nireas” Association for the Protection of Natural and Cultural Environment of the Korinthiakos and Patraikos Gulf, the Loutraki Dive Club, along with the participation of HELMEPA Cadets students of the 2nd General Lyceum of Corinth. The initiative had a highly educational nature as, apart from the tour of the archaeological site, the students had the opportunity to visit the ship “Angel of the Seas” at the port of Corinth and to be informed by the researcher Mr. N. Vogiatzakis about the specific characteristics of the dolphins of the Corinthian Gulf, as well as the risks they face from overfishing and increasing plastic pollution. Additionally, they visited an Exhibition in Loutraki recently created by the Loutraki Dive Club, which contains the findings from the numerous underwater cleanup activities carried out by the Club in the wider region.
Voluntary cleanup actions continue until early June and those who are interested in expressing their environmental sensitivity can register their participation on the Campaign’s website http://helmepa.gr/en/helmepa-voluntary-cleanups/ or contact the Environmental Awareness Section for more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 210-9343088.