A diver collects plastic waste in the port of Rafina, about 30 km east of Athens, Greece on June 5, 2021. Greece highlights marine plastic pollution on the Day World Environment Day, which falls on June 5, and World Oceans Day on June 8. , with the launch by the Ministry of Maritime Transport of a project to clean up eight Greek ports. (Photo by Lefteris Partsalis / Xinhua)
ATHENS, June 5 (Xinhua) – Greece highlights marine plastic pollution on World Environment Day, which falls on June 5, and World Oceans Day on June 8, June, with the launch by the Ministry of Maritime Transport of a project to clean up eight Greek ports.
In cooperation with Enaleia, a local social start-up that has been helping with the recycling and recovery of marine plastic waste since 2016, the ministry also plans to turn the collected waste into useful products like benches and recycling bins that will be placed in these ports.
The aim of the project, which is part of the United Nations‘ global Clean Seas campaign, is to raise awareness and motivate more people to take action against marine plastic pollution, Lefteris told Xinhua on Saturday. Arapakis, co-founder of Enaleia. cleaning at the port of Rafina, about 30 km east of Athens, as divers collected car tires, plastics and face masks from the waters.
Arapakis, one of the seven Young Champions of the Earth for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) for 2020, and his team collaborated with more than 700 fishermen in Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Egypt as part of the Mediterranean Cleanup project in recent years, collecting tons of daily waste that ends up in recycling factories.
âMy message for World Environment Day is to join us and be part of the Generation Restoration. Our vision is that in a few years we will no longer have to do these activities, âhe said. Final element