633 divers joined forces to make this world a better place, establishing a new record for the largest ocean cleanup in history.
A group of 633 divers broke the world's record for the biggest marine cleanup in history. The prowess has to be celebrated but the news should be spread worldwide to raise awareness about the waste that ends up in the sea, affecting the life that lies in it.
Perhaps solid waste pollution is an issue that we have become aware of when we look at our daily routines and the waste we produce. However, waste fields are not the only places where garbage ends up. As a matter of fact, the ocean is the most affected environment. We have heard it many times, but the fact that we don't see what happens offshore in our daily life makes it a silent tragedy.
We live our daily lives without looking beyond the obvious, immersed in a routine. Consequently, vital details that are changing the balance of the planet escape our eyes. Still, the fact that we do not see the enormous amount of pollution that is in the sea does not mean that it does not exist.
To do something about it, Dixie Divers and Deerfield Beach Women’s Club are hosting an annual marine cleanup event, which is now attracting the attention of divers around the world. A total of 633 people entered the sea, armed with their diving equipment, to remove at least 725 kilograms of garbage and 27 kilograms of fishing line.
In their prowess, these groups of divers have managed to break the Guinness Record for the biggest marine cleanup in history. The record previously belonged to the Egyptian army diver, Ahmed Gabr, who in 2015 gathered a total of 614 divers to extract the garbage from the sea.
“It doesn’t matter what happens today with the Guinness World Records; what really matters is that everyone is cleaning up around the pier and trying to improve the community," said one of the organizers of the annual event.
The tip of the iceberg
Nowadays, only 9% of all plastic produced by humanity has been recycled, and 12% has been incinerated. The remaining 79% ended up in garbage dumps or the environment.
Waste can reach the sea in different ways; through deliberate garbage dumps, ship accidents, or drainage from treatment plants. Even if we deposit the trash in the corresponding storage, it can still end up in the sea due to the action of the wind and rain. Or simply because they have not been disposed of correctly.
The truth is that the amount of garbage that ends up in the sea is extremely exacerbated. There is an estimate that around 150 million metric tons of plastic float in our oceans. Not to mention that an additional eight million tons enter the water each year.
Actions like this help us rethink the way we relate to the environment. Our actions, no matter how ordinary they may seem (such as the simple act of buying a bottle of water), have a huge impact on our ecosystems. The solution must be done as a whole, of course. But, the more green consciences join the cause, the greater the impact of positive actions. It is time to begin the transition towards a sustainable and friendly life with the environment.
Text and photos courtesy of Ecoosfera
Translated by Gaby Flores