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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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05/11/2019 10:22 AM
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34 comments

  • Jo A.
    06/04/2019 20:15

    Thank you for what you do!!

  • Carmen M.
    05/31/2019 14:55

    A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL. WE SHOULD HAVE MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU DOING SAME. GOD BLESS

  • Veronica P.
    05/31/2019 13:25

    Most garbage in the sea happens when a town or city is destroyed by flood. The water takes everything to the sea. Man is guilty of doing bad things but these storm damages has aided into the problem we have now. I thank you for your work to help clean up what nature and us as humans do. Respect to you.

  • Brenda S.
    05/31/2019 10:45

    Thank you well done

  • Tiffany B.
    05/31/2019 00:54

    , I can totally see you doing this job! Let's all move to Florida!

  • Francisco C.
    05/28/2019 00:21

    Beautiful job hope people realize all d damage created with all this pollution on our environment.! 👍👍 D world need more people lk them n a more strict laws to stop this pollution.

  • Patricia K.
    05/27/2019 15:34

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  • Pam G.
    05/27/2019 01:51

    great job guys god bless!

  • Micki L.
    05/26/2019 15:28

    Wonderful of them, but the Med has been dead for 50 years.

  • Cynthia T.
    05/25/2019 21:18

    Thank yoy

  • Yunus M.
    05/25/2019 20:58

    awesome lets burn 100's of gallons of gas to remove a tire from the ocean floor. brilliant GREEN approach

  • Pete L.
    05/25/2019 12:00

    no

  • Jerry A.
    05/24/2019 15:09

    This is great, but everyone needs to find out who is dumping trash in the ocean and fine them heavily and stop them

  • Terri R.
    05/22/2019 23:08

    Horrific

  • Adelina C.
    05/21/2019 02:08

    Congratulations

  • 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!

  • Lacey C.
    05/20/2019 14:47

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

  • Esther E.
    05/20/2019 02:16

    BRAVO!

  • William M.
    05/18/2019 09:39

    OUTSTANDING! LOVE U GUY'S!

  • Jeffrey S.
    05/17/2019 11:26

    EVERY OUNCE COUNTS, EVERY mm MATERS, EVERY SECOND SACRED, EVERY GRAM GOLD