Since 1995 Legambiente has been coordinating organizations, schools, tourist hotels, local people and local institutions from all over the countries of the Mediterranean basin, in activities of cleaning up beaches and natural sites from litter of any sort generated by wrong human activities.
Each year the awareness campaign Clean Up the Med involves more than 1,500 locations in 21 Mediterranean countries aiming to draw attention on the pollution of the Mediterranean Sea and motivate communities to work together to change the situation. Last year Cleanupthemed involved over 150 participants coordinating istitutions, schools and local civil societies.
In 2017, Clean up the Med will been held on the 26th, 27th and 28th May. Thousands of volunteers, from many different countries, speaking different languages and from different cultures and religions will acte together to protect their environment by removing tons of waste spoiling the Mediterranean beaches and coastlines as well as the sea bottoms.
Different studies have shown that the contamination of the Mediterranean Sea is extremely elevated and the level of plastic waste is beyond critical. For this reason with Clean Up the MED we do not only want to make actions of removing waste but also raise awareness and educate the community on the importance of reducing the pollution released into the sea. The marine litter monitoring is an important moment of the Clean Up the MED 2017. Legambiente requires the contribution of all the associations involved in the event to understand the levels of diffusion of microplastics (also known as nurdles) that can be found along shores and in the sea. The results of the “beach litter survey” have shown significant statistics (you may look at the 2016 Beach Litter final report for reference).