At least 6 million tonnes of debris enters the world’s oceans each year, according to the PADI Project Aware Foundation. Sometimes it feels as though half of that washes up on our shores here in Krabi! With growing numbers of tourists visiting the Andaman Coast, it’s more urgent than ever to stop plastic litter ending up in the marine environment where it can have a devastating impact on wildlife.
To celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day, which was on 20 September 2014, Kon-Tiki Diving and Snorkeling Center is organising a beach clean-up event on Ao Nang beach on Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 9.00 – 12.30. With the help of local schools, divers, and other volunteers they are aiming to raise awareness about the issue, as well as physically collecting rubbish along the coast, both on the shore and in the water to make the beach a safer and more pleasant place for everyone.
If you’re in the Ao Nang area, and you’d like to make a difference and do your part to protect local beaches and marine habitats, please do join the event – it is usually lots of fun, with prizes for the greatest amount of rubbish collected; the weirdest find; and the most environmentally dangerous find. It’s also a great way to meet local people. Meeting point is at 9am, on the beachfront outside The L Resort in Ao Nang, or join in at any point during the morning.
Every volunteer will receive a Project AWARE Certificate of Recognition, as well as lots of props for helping out. For more information, or if you are a local business who wishes to sponsor the event, please contact Kon-Tiki on 075-637826.