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Dive for Earth Day 2011

Beach & Underwater Cleanup at Point Walter

Sunday 17th April 2011

Thank you to all the wonderful Perth Scuba divers, snorkelers and shore support who joined us at Point Walter on Sunday 17th April for our Dive for Earth Day Underwater & Beach Cleanup. It was a great morning where the rain held off and the sun actually made an appearance – so much for believing the weather report! Nearly 50 volunteers either jumped in the water to bring up rubbish, or cleaned up the foreshore & helped cart it to the bins. The majority of rubbish found in the morning was carelessly discarded aluminium cans and glass bottles, but never fear our crew brought them up, emptied them of any “locals” and then but them in the bin! Good work guys and girls!

A couple of special mentions for the day:

  • Stewart & Jake – For bringing up the most rubbish including a giant concrete block from the base of a temporary fence. How it got in the river one can only begin to imagine!
  • John & Howard – For bringing up a huge pile of rubbish including a paddle. There must be a canoer on the river who had a hard time getting home…
  • Dawn & Craig – For all the effort they put in dragging rubbish from the jetty all the way to the foreshore & separating it into the bins (although, Craig does a great impression of a council worker!)
  • Monique – For doing a great job at cleaning up the beach and foreshore area.
  • Siobhan – For staking out our claim at the BBQ area and cooking up a feed for all the hard working volunteers.
  • Jodie & Lindsay – For directing all the divers & shore support and making it run smoothly.

But don’t forget, it was a team effort and every single one of our volunteers did a fantastic job of cleaning up the Point Walter Reserve, both above and below the water. THANK YOU ALL!!!

A little about Dive for Earth Day: During the week of April 22nd, scuba divers worldwide give the ocean a voice with Project AWARE Dive For Earth Day events around the globe. Perth Scuba showed our appreciation for our ocean planet with our Cleanup of Point Walter Reserve, Bicton on Sunday 17th April. Since 1999, the Project AWARE Foundation and AWARE divers worldwide have put ocean protection on April’s Earth Day agenda with global Dive For Earth Day events to make sure underwater conservation is not overlooked.

Dive for Earth Day is an extraordinary opportunity to take action and help address the underwater issues that concern you most. Perth Scuba’s divers, snorkelers, their families and friends all helped make a difference by volunteering their time to our Underwater & Beach Cleanup.

80 percent of the world’s biodiversity lives in the sea. Most people appreciate the beauty of the underwater world, but awareness of aquatic biodiversity, how seriously it is threatened, and the implications for human well being, is alarmingly low. “As work towards solutions grows, divers are becoming uniquely positioned and critical voices to affect change. No other group has the complete view of the issues affecting our ocean planet, as well as the motivation, skills and training to do something about it” comments Jenny Miller Garmendia, Project AWARE Foundation Director.

Project AWARE Foundation is a nonprofit organisation working with divers to conserve underwater environments through education, advocacy and action. If you missed our Dive for Earth Day event, click here for photos from Sunday and a list of the wonderful people that helped on the day.

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