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Mission Océan in the Cape Verdes: Operation beach clean-up

Published on 23 march 2018 at 0h00

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From the first day we arrived on the island of Brava, the fishermen adopted us; we were fishing together in the morning while their kids were playing on our dinghy, we ate in their homes in the evenings. They’re not poor people, but life is simple and they opened their doors with unexpected generosity. It was thanks to these bonds of friendship that we were able to discuss the subject of plastic pollution with them: when we arrived the beach was literally submerged with garbage. At first we ignored it, not wanting to ruin the warm welcome we received. But one of the fishermen suggested we visit the village school, so we decided to host a workshop on pollution (these awareness workshops are part of what our association does, and we have seen nearly 1,000 children at our stopovers since October). The fisherman accompanied us to the school, and he was looking at our plankton and microplastic samples with the same big eyes as the kids! Right from this moment, a dialogue was established. Around a ...

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