by L'Âne Vert
Alarming reports of huge plastic garbage patches found in the Pacific have sadly become more and more frequent. A good example is the one from last July, describing a patch the size of Mexico floating somewhere between Chile and Easter Island.
Being located on the beach, we, at Tafedna, get a sneak peek every day.
Interestingly though, as studies show that 80% of ocean plastic comes from land-based sources, it is essential to start our fight with plastic pollution at the beach. This makes L’Ane Vert’s location ideal to help tackle the issue.
And we’re no strangers to beach clean-ups. In fact, we’re happy to say that the ones we organized in the past were a big success. On our last event, we were able to fill up to 80 bags full of trash with the great help of both our guests and locals, and the local children even joined us to make a shark sculpture out of the garbage we picked up (you can read about it here)!
In the same spirit, we recently decided to organize a new beach clean-up with the hope of making this one a bit more ambitious this time: we’re indeed aiming to make it a regular event with the idea of raising awareness among the local population and trying to change bad habits. So working with the local imam who also feels concerned with the environmental issues, we set up a date to begin this project and Friday October 27th, 2017 marked the first day of what we’re aiming to be a monthly clean-up of our beautiful beach and beloved village, Aftas! Surf Rider Foundation joined us for the occasion and we were a good team of twenty people collecting garbage on the beach. Although it will take some time and persistence to reach our goal, we were glad to witness an elder man smiling at the sight of four young locals actively picking up trash before thanking us for the initiative. We loved the spirit and the selfless efforts of everybody who came. Come join us next time!