CLEAN RIVERS, SAVE OCEANS
ECOALF Foundation and BIOTHERM, with Project LIBERA’s collaboration and experience launched this project in 2020 with a three-year duration to better the environmental status of the rivers, from the river's source to its mouth, which originates in Jarama. “Clean Rivers, Save Oceans” has the objective to recuperate marine environments with different activities focused on waste removal, but also addresses sensitization and the environmental restoration at the same time to avoid a relapse of the issue. Furthermore, it includes measurements to understand the origins of the garbage, evaluate its impact on the ecosystem, and allow us to monitor the introduced actions.
The volunteers unite to remove debris from the different locations, such as plastic encasings that protect young trees from small herbivores but have been left there after their initial use, discarded tires at truck stops, hygienic towels that weren’t properly discarded and plastic debris. The removal of each of these items relieves the surrounding environment and prevents it from reaching our oceans. Furthermore, the cleanups allow the team to participate, further understand the issue and work to raise awareness and inspire change in their communities by showing by doing.
In the first semester, 10 days of clean-ups have been completed in which more than 100 volunteers have participated, together they have removed 3 tonnes of waste from the Jarama river. Clean Rivers, Save Oceans aims to be a participative project, therefore it organizes activities with different groups, following all of the recommendations and measures that the sanitary restrictions allow for, it will also organize initiatives open to the general public that will be publicized on the project's communication channels.
Photographed by @Manu San Félix
SINCE NOVEMBER, THE “CLEAN RIVERS, SAVE OCEANS” PROJECT HAS COMPLETED 10 CLEANUP INITIATIVES FOLLOWING ALL HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS
MORE THAN 100 VOLUNTEERS HAVE PARTICIPATED
COVERING OVER 100,000 M2
COLLECTING 3,000 KG OF WASTE TO PREVENT IT FROM DESTROYING OUR RIVER AND MARINE ECOSYSTEMS.