Just a few weeks ago, category 5 Cyclone
Pam ripped through the islands of Vanuatu packing wind gusts of 320 km/200 mi
an hour and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Humanitarian and
international disaster agencies have moved into the area providing support to
the most urgent needs of people on the ground. Today, I’m asking
for your help to kick-start a massive marine debris removal effort to prevent
further destruction to local ocean environments – natural resources that
local communities depend on.
the cleanup on land has begun, action is needed beneath the waves. Local
Project AWARE partners and volunteers have reached out to us for help – to
implement the enormous debris removal effort needed to prevent further coral
damage, entanglement and entrapment of marine life and the possible spread of
harmful toxic substances.
You can help by making a donation
today to support this and other Dive Against Debris efforts around the world.
Dive Against Debris is the only program of
its kind where scuba divers remove and report trash found underwater. Dive
Against Debris not only helps protect marine life, it brings real life
devastation of this global problem into the world view.
Big Blue Vanuatu, Dive Against Debris
leader and Project AWARE partner, is ready to deploy its team of professional divers
to begin this major debris removal project spanning 30 days. The Santo and Port
Vila areas still offer world class diving with coral reefs untouched by the
business as usual in these areas which is great news for local businesses and
tourists. However, the scale of destruction in the Port
Vila harbor is a different story. This is where the destruction poses the most
threat. Our trained volunteers will face commercial and residential debris in
and around the shore as well as tackling large scale debris which has crashed
against the seafloor.
Please consider giving a gift of
$25, $50 or more to support our Dive Against Debris actions in Vanuatu and
worldwide. Your donation will help:
support the 30-day marine
debris removal effort in Vanuatu and other critical target areas around the
train divers of all experience
levels how to remove and report debris,
fuel our policy work to prevent
for your support of Project AWARE’s work to protect the ocean and fight back
against marine debris all year round.
Director, Global Operations
P.S. Project AWARE’s work to eliminate marine debris
continues this year –– with expanded Dive Against Debris actions and efforts
to understand and improve waste management practices. Please support this
critical marine conservation work today.