The volunteers who participated in the recent Beach Cleanups along Costa Ballena enthusiastically agreed that they were incredibly interesting actions: «We collaborated with a meritorious initiative, met new beaches and roads, made friends and enjoyed delicious meals that were offered to us in the refreshment points.” After having walked almost 60 km and collected 335 kg of garbage in Playa Dominical, 420 kg in Playa Hermosa, 287.5 kg in Playa Chamán, 290 kg in Playa Ballena and Arco, 335 kg in Punta Uvita, and more than 2000 kg in Isla Garza, it became obvious that our way of thinking has to change radically if we want to save our seas and therefore humanity that is at the end of the food chain.
It is urgent to change the order of the four mandates for:
- REDUCE consumption, check what you really need.
- REFUSE plastic bags, plastic fruit and vegetable wrapping, Styrofoam containers.
- EDUCATE yourself about the wide range of alternatives and look for more direct ways to buy.
- PLANT conscience in your family and among your friends. Plant trees!
The Osa Clean Up campaign had the support of private companies and environmental organizations. On February 17th, the Costa Ballena season ended with a mega cleanup on Isla Garza in front of the town of Ojochal, separated from it by the majestic Térraba River. The result was impressive: 2 tons of garbage and a municipality truck full of junk. During a recent Business Meeting at the Crowne Plaza Corobici hotel in San José, in the presence of the Minister of Tourism, Mrs. María Amalia Revelo, the Minister of Water and Seas, Mr. Haydee Rodríguez, Mr. Diego Escalante, Mr. Fabio Guevara, Representation of the Clean Up Osa campaign, as well as Andrés Vargas, from Osa Libre de Plástico, received their respective recognitions from the Osa Chamber of Tourism. “We want to thank all our volunteers for believing in this project and helping our seas get rid of plastic. We are proud because every day we are more. People from Guápiles, the Santos area, Pérez Zeledón, Quepos, San José and a young tourist from Kuka in Japan, also enjoyed the camaraderie among the group. Congratulations to all of these young people who bet on the change in Osa. ” Thanks to sponsors and allies: El Castillo Hotel, EcoSunrise, Whale Tail Brewery, Epiphany, Envision, Osa Plastic Free, Osa Chamber of Tourism and Ballena Tales: @greenwolfcr @ballenatales @bruncacostarica @jacana_caribe @culturatibas @ecorunnerscr @5minutebeachcleanup @algoporlatierra @operationrichcoast @fundaciongreenheart @riospuravida
By Dagmar Reinhard
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