Volunteer Divers Take On Underwater Pollution

These volunteers are fighting ocean pollution — one dive at a time. 🌊

Fighting Pollution Under the Sea

These volunteer divers are taking the issue of underwater pollution into their own hands, insiring and changing the world for the better. The diving group is called Aegean Rebreath. They take a boat off the coast of the Greek island of Paros and remove trash from the sea. George Sarelakos founded the diving team in 2017. Most of us are divers that have dove around the globe and we know that the problem is huge concerning marine pollution and marine litter. The group has over 20 volunteer divers trying to contribute to a global solution.

Aegean Rebreath has recovered more than 17 tons of trash from the ocean. “For example, today in Paros, apart from all the single-use plastic we found, we also we were able to find some trollies, supermarket trollies, cans — anything that can be found on the mainland within a house.”

Elena Aleiferi Hellenic Navy Officer and volunteer – “I love to be in the sea, since I was a child, I’m close to the sea and it’s very sad to see all this garbage. I believe that it’s very important to clean. And it’s more important not to throw the garbage in the ocean.”

Greece has the longest coastline in Mediterranean Sea Basin ecology — and one of the worst environmental recycling rates, at 17%. The European Union wants member states to have a 50% recycling rate by 2020.

Aegean Rebreath also teaches local governments, communities, and schools about the circular economy — as in, how to recycle, reuse or repurpose items instead of throwing them away. “What we really expect through our work is to spread our concept across Greece and the rest of Europe, and it would be great if it could be around the world.”


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  • Brut
    05/11/2019 14:00

    Learn more about Aegean Rebreath:

  • Linh N.
    05/11/2019 15:00

    Thank you good bless

  • Luz M.
    05/12/2019 04:39

    Thank you

  • Laurent G.
    05/12/2019 06:38


  • Yeye F.
    05/13/2019 20:58

    Dios los bendiga

  • Adrian M.
    05/14/2019 06:58

    respect ❤️

  • Evelyn J.
    05/14/2019 12:28

    Gracias por cuidar el medio ambiente.

  • Ricardo A.
    05/14/2019 22:22

    Eso para que vean lo puercos que son en este planeta coño si se beben una cerveza hachen la basura en una bolsa y llévenla a un safacon si los lugares qué hay de playas cuídenla asi todos vivimos felices

  • Theresa H.
    05/14/2019 23:18

    It's a nice effort but where is it going after its out?Back in ocean!

  • Hector A.
    05/15/2019 02:50


  • Saul M.
    05/15/2019 14:51

    Que bonito ver esto que están haciendo. Ojalá sean muchos mas los que emulen esto.

  • Debra Q.
    05/15/2019 15:40

    Los pescadores también tienen que poner de su parte, muchos especies quedan atrapadas en las redes que dejan abandonadas. Educación, concienciación y compromiso. 🚫basura a los cuerpos de agua.

  • Evelyn M.
    05/15/2019 18:03

    This is very important through our life. Congratulations and hope all Nations Learned The important to keep it CLEAN. The Ocean and the World. My respect for a job well done, from Puerto Rico 🇵🇷.

  • Maria B.
    05/16/2019 10:53

    Tremenda lavor que están haciendo esos seres humanos, los felicito de todo corazón

  • Jeffrey S.
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  • Lacey C.
    05/20/2019 14:47

    you can put your scuba certification to good use and see some beautiful places

  • Patrick M.
    05/20/2019 17:00

    The oceans plankton make more Oxygen for the Earth than all the trees! Pollute the oceans and the Oxygen depletion will be devastating to Life on Earth!

  • Adelina C.
    05/21/2019 02:08