“Without the sea there is no life”: cleaning the beaches and the big sea at about 80 points along the beaches

From Rosh Hanikra to the shores of Eilat, tens of thousands of Israelis set out from the morning for an extensive cleaning operation on the beaches and collected tons of waste

The beaches of Eilat are being cleaned. Photo by Yaela Ben Meir, the Society for the Protection of Nature

Tens of thousands of Israelis visited the shores of Israel this morning (Friday, December 3, 21) in order to clean up waste, and it is estimated that tens of tons of garbage were collected in more than 80 different centers along the shores of the Mediterranean, the Sea of ​​Galilee and Eilat. The waste collected by the activists includes many plastic bags, plastic cups, disposable cutlery, disposable face masks, cigarette butts, hygiene products, bottles, building materials, fishing products, toys and more.

The event was initiated by the Mediterranean Coalition of We, and in collaboration with many environmental organizations, including the Society for the Protection of Nature, the Nature and Parks Authority, Aquaculture, Delphis, We Make Change, Life and Environment, Green Trend, Greenpeace, the Coalition for the Prevention of Plastic Pollution in Israel, clean coin Israel Climate, Kinneret Cities Association, Kinneret Authority, Jordan Valley and Golan Heights Regional Councils, and in collaboration with municipalities and regional councils and many others, in order to influence decision makers on the importance of protecting the sea, establishing marine reserves, and preventing climate crisis damage.

The shores of Jaffa are being cleaned. Photograph of the people of the Mediterranean

The culmination of the clean-up operation was an event held at Acadia Beach in Herzliya, with the participation of Moshe Fadlon – Mayor of Herzliya and Chairman of the Coastal Cities Authorities Forum, Ofir Pines – Chairman of the Coastal Authorities Forum, MK Gila Gamliel – Chairman of the Knesset Environmental Lobby, MK Yurai Lahav Herzno, MK Musi Raz, Michael Rafael – National Coordinator of the Coalition of Mediterranean People, from the ‘We’ organization, Dr. Assaf Ariel – CEO of EcoSion, Iris Hahn – CEO of the Society for the Protection of Nature, and more. In addition, events were held for the general public, such as tours of the Nature and Parks Authority, competitions, tutorials, and activities for the whole family.

According to the organizers, about 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the seas and oceans every year, and it is estimated that in 2020 about 1.6 billion disposable protective masks were dumped into the seas and oceans, which will only wear out in 450 years. Michael Raphael, National Coordinator of the Coalition of Mediterranean People, from the organization ‘We’: “We all hope that the extensive mobilization will influence the decision-makers to act for the future of the sea. The marine flora and fauna provide us with existential services – breathable air, food source, agricultural infrastructure and we must protect them. The State of Israel has pledged to declare 10% of Israel’s sea area as marine reserves by 2020, but currently declares only about 5% of Israel’s marine area, which leaves many marine species in danger. Marine nature reserves are the only solution recognized by science as such that can provide significant protection and ensure the future of the sea. The sea must be maintained with extensive marine reserves, at least 30%, to protect the diversity of species in the sea and life on Earth. Without the sea, there is no life. “

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