Without the world’s bodies of water, there would be no scuba diving at all, or if there was it’d only be within local pools. Although the world’s oceans, lakes, and other bodies of water aren’t drying up anytime soon, there is a problem. The problem of the amount of trash that is in these bodies of water.
It may seem like an impossible task, to clean up all the trash from the world’s waterways, but a team of people are working on a project that will help make a dent in the amount of trash there is. Helping to prevent further pollution and killing of marine life.
The same people who ran the #TeamTrees initiative in 2019 (they raised enough money in 3 months to plant over 20 million trees to help rebuild forests), which include Mark Rober (a former NASA employee), Jimmy (also known as MrBeast on social media), as well as Matt Fitzgerald (who co-founded the initiative and is the campaign director). Instead of 20 million trees though, #TeamSeas’ goal is to remove 30 million pounds of trash from bodies of water before 2022.
Depending on the type of trash, it will be disposed of differently. The idea is that items such as cans, glass, or plastic bottles can be divided and recycled. And the items that are contaminated, or if there is an inability to reprocess the trash, will then go to a proper disposal site.
The donations from #TeamSeas will be going to two organizations, The Ocean Cleanup and Ocean Conservancy, and the donations will be split 50/50 between the organizations. And the best part is, you don’t have to donate a lot. It can be as much as one dollar if that’s all you can spare, and you’ll have helped to make the world a better and healthier place. Or, if you are unable to donate yourself, volunteering your time or increasing awareness about this initiative is also a way to help.
At the bottom of this article is a link to #TeamSeas, where you can donate or learn more about the initiative. The diving community has many wonderful and passionate people within it, and it will be wonderful to see what YOU can do to make a difference.