The marine environment is fundamental to our lives on earth – the lungs of our planet.
But the balance of life within our oceans is delicate. Right now, unreasonable dumping of waste at sea, is chocking marine life and clogging our ecosystems.
Aegean Rebreath was established in 2017 to respond to the urgent need to clean the seabed and to promote the protection of Aegean biodiversity.
The organisation, through its activities, aspires to introduce a new culture according to which less waste will be produced while encouraging recycling and upcycling of marine litter following the principles of the circular economy.
Aegean Rebreath also works with fishermen communities and municipalities across Greece to build waste collection facilities, conduct environmental education courses in schools and implement research activities. In this way, they mobilise and sensitise local communities and citizens.
Recently, twenty-two volunteer divers cleaned up the fishing port of Vlychada, on the southeastern Aegean island of Santorini.
"The drivers brought up a lot of bottles and tin cans… obviously stuff people threw off a boat or that blew in from the land. Not everyone shares the same sensitivity for protecting the marine environment, unfortunately," said Angelos Roussos, president of the Thera Port Fund, which cooperated in the operation that was bankrolled by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
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