- Over 20 sacks collected
- 65 people involved
- 1 full garbage truck of plastic kept out of the ocean!
- Main culprits from my bag – Lolly wrappers.
- The feeder – A creek at the northern end of the beach was bringing most of the garbage to the beach.
The first official event of Plastic Free Philippines kicked off on Saturday 3rd of September. It was a great turn out in Dumaguete. I was joined by some incredible Silliman University students, as well as high school volunteers, Negros Oriental State University students, and Marine Conservation Philippines volunteers who did a dive clean up. All involved contributed to an epic clean up event, collecting over 20 sacks of rubbish in total and filling a truck. What a great start to this mission!
Following the beach clean up we met back at the university and listened to Annelies Andringa from Marine Conservation share valuable insights into plastic pollution, solutions and their work in Zamboanguita. Thanks so much Annalies! After that I shared a few stories from our sailing experiences which have driven the desire to work on the issue of ocean plastic.
The whole thing wouldn’t have happened without the Straw Wars Philippines campaigners, in particular Nikko Calledo who helped facilitate the event. It’s amazing how things can come together just from a few emails and phone calls. I’m incredibly grateful to kickstart this mission in such a positive way! Now, onwards with the biking!