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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  • Haydee C.
    08/16/2019 05:18


  • Elina M.
    07/16/2019 02:12

    thought you would appreciate this

  • Lou A.
    07/14/2019 03:13


  • Hector D.
    07/13/2019 20:05

    Where are u putting this garbage after u pick it up? Can't just put it back in land fills thats where it comes from 🤷🏽‍♂️ so wat are u really doing

  • Oriana P.
    07/12/2019 08:40

    Ana Isabel A

  • Astig P.
    07/11/2019 20:02

    All i can say thankyou to this guys for their effort cleaning the ocean floor.

  • Angelika M.
    07/11/2019 19:35


  • Jim L.
    07/11/2019 18:23

    The sad part is most cultures are still dumping in the rivers and oceans. New cruise ships and ferry boats that just flush the toilets straight!

  • Susan M.
    07/11/2019 17:14

    This is so stupid of people! Your trash doesn't belong in the water!!

  • Geoff W.
    07/11/2019 13:14


  • Deborah G.
    07/11/2019 12:05

    Thank you!!

  • Emma P.
    07/11/2019 06:40

    Every little bit helps, I'm sure just their efforts have had an impact on some marine life already, well done x

  • Helen K.
    07/11/2019 05:09

    perfect job for you x

  • Johnny C.
    07/11/2019 00:06

    lets go do this

  • Niki C.
    07/11/2019 00:01

    YAS PAROS!!!!

  • Denise F.
    07/10/2019 17:11

    This is amazing..,however there is so much pollution added daily I can't help but feel like each day they clean out the trash that by the end of the day that much more trash would end up back in the ocean. People need to take a stand to cleaning up the earth and our oceans on a global scale if we're ever going to make a real dent at solving the problem.

  • Sue B.
    07/10/2019 12:50

    Thank You for helping our oceans 🐋🐠🦐🐡🐙🐬🐟🦀🦈❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Gabriel A.
    07/10/2019 10:52

    Divers of the world ,make your own group and get started

  • Melissa A.
    07/10/2019 08:45

    This is truly Amazing!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!

  • Linda R.
    07/10/2019 01:24

    Thank you