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Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena

by Fundacion Bahia y Ecosistemas de Colombia
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Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Beach clean-up at Punta Arena
Beach clean-up at Punta Arena

This is the year of the Ocean. Fundación Bahía would like to showcase Mar Limpio 2020, our city wide campaign to raise awareness and fight plastic pollution in our bay and ocean! As founders and partners of the Alianza Mar Limpio (Clean Ocean Alliance), which includes individuals, educational institutions and organizations from the public and private sector willing to engage in action, we met with Heidi Solba, president of the World Cleanup Day. Heidi´s visit from Estonia served to motivate us all into planning this year´s clean-up next September and was well received by local authorities. Fundación Bahía also participated with Fundación Tu Cultura in the first Limpiarte of the year, cleaning up the Parque del Centenario and raising environmental awareness amongst book sellers and visitors alike. Everything thrown out without care ends up in the Ocean! We have paired with UTadeo Caribe and soon you´ll hear more about our interactive platform and all of our partners at Mar Limpio 2020! Please visit our website and sign the pledge for cleaner oceans to become a #GuardianesdelOceano! Please help us build one of our educational sculptures to invite and stimulate people to protect our beaches and sea!

Congratulations Punta Arena! On Feb 20th more than 130 volunteers from the community, Cartagena and abroad participated in a super beach clean-up and contributed to the fight against plastic pollution by picking up around 700 kilos of trash, of which 130 kgs of plastic residues from the beaches and inner bodies of water. Volunteers picked up about 6 kgs of plastic straws and one kg of cigarette butts. These clean ups are very important since plastic does not biodegrade, it remains plastic forever and over time and due to the sun´s rays and the natural erosion, plastic breaks up into smaller pieces. Thus, with this cleanup we prevented 130 kgs of plastic from harming our biodiversity and ecosystems, but also from eventually becoming millions of microplastic particles in the future. Microplastic is impossible to clean up and enters our food chain, wreaking havoc in our reproductive and hormonal systems. Microplastics absorb contaminants in the water – such as mercury or petrol, and become even more dangerous for biodiversity and humans. In Punta Arena, Fundación Bahia previously identified satellite trash dumps and held meetings with local authorities and partners to socialize the information and encourage community participation in a sustained clean-up effort. Many thanks to all the volunteers, institutions such as Guardia Ambiental, Veolia and Armada de Colombia involved in this cleanup! Many thanks to Amigos del Mar who co-hosted the clean-up and congratulations on their anniversary! Thanks to enterprises such as Onda de Mar, and especially Fenix Beach Hotel, Bomba Beach and Namaste Hotel for their support.

Foundation Bahía´s director visited COJOWA and spoke with 8th graders interested in developing projects aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. First of all, what is your passion? Knowing yourself will help define how you can contribute towards helping humanity attain these goals. How do you want to serve? Such topics were also touched during a conversatorio at Selina´s Jumpworking and while interviewing Bettany Hughes on the evolution of Venus Aphrodite, during the last Hay Festival in Cartagena.

Please don´t hesitate to contact us if you wish to experience one of our clean-up events or learn more about the Bay´s historical and ecological importance. Thanks again for your continued support and interest in helping save our oceans and our beautiful bay from plastic pollution!

Warmest regards,

Diana de la Vega
Director Fundación Bahía y Ecosistemas de Colombia.

Meeting Heidi Solba, World Cleanup Day's president
Meeting Heidi Solba, World Cleanup Day's president
LimpiArte
LimpiArte
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Conversatory at the Hay Festival
Conversatory at the Hay Festival
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We did it!!! For the second year in a row, Fundación Bahia organized the World Clean Up Day Effort for Cartagena with the help of many volunteers, other NGOs, committed enterprises and leaders! Many thanks to all for your support and especially to the more than 930 volunteers who on September 21st participated cleaning up La Boquilla as well as other locations around Cartagena´s bodies of water, with a staggering 6,177 kilos of residue picked up and disposed of correctly! Plus a beautiful ecological mural at the Punta Arena community center!

During the Migratory Bird Festival on October 30th, Fundación Bahía participated on a very exciting birding tour to Punta Arena with Colegio Montessori´s Juan Felipe Restrepo, in efforts to form local eco-tourist guides, and spread awareness on the richness of the biodiversity in Punta Arena and the importance of conservation for future generations. Fundación Bahía organized an Environmental Awareness Workshop at the local school with the help of students from the Environmental Education program from the Universidad de Cartagena. 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders were vaccinated against environmental apathy and loved meeting the most committed environmentalist, watching their own image on a mirror!

We proudly present #MarLimpio2020, a city wide campaign to raise awareness and fight plastic pollution in our bay and oceans. Everything thrown without care ends up in the Ocean! Cartagena exists thanks to its bay and today its booming tourism industry depends on the welfare of its people, ecosystems and biodiversity. We need to protect our Oceans and Bay by paying more attention to our residue management practices and by making responsible choices as consumers. Most of the trash found during our beach clean ups and in the bay and ocean corresponds to single-use plastic. We all need to curb our enthusiasm when it comes to consuming these goods and we need to passionately refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle plastic! Please visit our website and sign the pledge for cleaner oceans and to become a #GuardianesdelOceano! #OceanGuardian! Please help us build more of these educational sculptures to invite and stimulate people to protect our beaches and sea!

Many thanks for your continued support and for helping us to continue our mission to protect the ocean and the bay from plastic pollution and to include island communities in Tierra Bomba within the touristic and economic circuit of Cartagena!

Warmest regards,
Diana de la Vega

Volunteers at the World Clean Up Day Effort
Volunteers at the World Clean Up Day Effort
Beach cleanup during the World Clean Up Day Effort
Beach cleanup during the World Clean Up Day Effort
Punta Arena community center - BEFORE
Punta Arena community center - BEFORE
Punta Arena community center - AFTER
Punta Arena community center - AFTER
Artists of the community center's ecological mural
Artists of the community center's ecological mural
Bird Watching Festival at Punta Arena
Bird Watching Festival at Punta Arena
Environmental Awareness Workshop
Environmental Awareness Workshop
#MarLimpio2020 Campaign
#MarLimpio2020 Campaign
At #MarLimpio2020, become #GuardianesDelOceano
At #MarLimpio2020, become #GuardianesDelOceano

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Fundación Bahía y Ecosistemas de Colombia has continued with the organization of mayor beach clean ups and educational efforts to fight plastic pollution in our bay and our seas. Prior to each beach clean up the Foundation team and a group of volunteers visit the site and socialize better residue management and recycling habits with local interest groups and community, in order to ensure effective local participation and cultural change.

Many thanks to the more than 700 volunteers that came together on June 15th for the great Bocagrande Beach Clean Up! Of the approximately 1 ton of residues picked up, 500Kg were recyclables, given to local recyclers for their recovery: 25kgs of plastic paste, 16kgs of plastic bottle caps, 55kgs PET bottles, 44kgs carton, 10kgs of cigarette butts, 18kgs Styrofoam, 35kgs aluminum cans, 45kgs metal bottle caps. This major beach cleanup was supported by Bavaria and led by Fundacion Bahia y Ecosistemas, with the participation of Corpoturismo, Red Jovenes de Ambiente, Mayor of Cartagena, Pacaribe, Amigos del Mar, Civil Defense, Tecnologico Comfenalco, Sena, Cartagena Chamber of Commerce and local artists. Volunteers and team members came together at the end for an artistic group photo in order to promote care for our sea! #cuidatumar

On July 31st 2019, Fundación Bahía participated and co-led the beach clean up, part of a concerted effort to visit the island community of Punta Arena and offer institutional support from the Mayors Office, the Secretary of Education and the National Armada. Efforts to promote ecotourism and better care of the environment include these educational clean ups, new ecological art murals and workshops within the school and community spaces, and working together with local hotels also interested in murals and recycling.

Fundación Bahía was asked to lead the World Clean Up Day in Cartagena for the second consecutive year, as part of the Lets Do It World movement uniting around 150 countries and 20 Colombian Cities this next 21st of September for clean up efforts. We have paired with local environmental NGOs to present a united front in the locality of La Boquilla, which is in dire need of environmental education interventions, improvement of residue management and recycling practices. Although we will conduct our clean up in the Punta Arena community that day, we are supporting and helping organize the great clean up in La Boquilla, with Red Jovenes de Ambiente, Corajem, Tu Cultura, Amigos del Mar, Huellas Sostenibles, Verde Esperanza, Fauna Silvestre, Corpoturismo amongst others. Danfroc and Champetu will host a clean up in Olaya Herrera and Disk Concept in Baru. The idea is to all clean up on September 21st wherever we are in the world. Our results will also be reported to Ocean Conservancy´s beach clean up day initiative held on the same date.

Thanks for your continued support to our cause! United we can change the world!

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Bringing the carts to Tierra Bomba
Bringing the carts to Tierra Bomba

Dear Friends,

We proudly announce the inauguration of the first temporary storage facility for Recyclables in Tierra Bomba! The local recyclers of Tierra Bomba now have a safe working space, where they can separate, pack and store the recyclable materials they collect from 60% of the households in Tierra Bomba! That´s right! What an amazing example, approximately 60% of the houses in this community now separate at the source and give recyclable materials to their local recyclers whom they know by name. These men, Jesús and Ramón, are true environmental heroes serving their community and avoiding plastic residues from falling into the sea. They are part of the first constituted and formalized local recyclers association of Tierra Bomba. The lives of these two local recyclers have been greatly impacted, not only through the additional income they receive for the sale of recyclables, but also because their job is now valued and recognized by the community. Congratulations to the Tierra Bomba Recyclers Association!

Thanks to the support of Avene Colombia and a host of colombian artists and influencers, the educational and clean up campaign “Skin Protect, Ocean Respect” was a success. On May 17th two dermatological and environmental awareness conferences for around 200 young students were held simultaneously at the schools in Tierra Bomba and Punt Arena. In the afternoon, an art and environment workshop using recycled materials was held at the Dones Foundation Center with another 100 students from Tierra Bomba. On May 18th, a major beach cleanup took place, with local artists painting a mural inviting to protect the ocean and where approximately 200 volunteers collected 417 kilos of residues! Of these: 35 kilos of plastic, 59 kilos of plastic PET bottles, 15 kilos of Styrofoam, 8 kilos of single use disposable plastic utensils, 169 kilos of glass – donated to the Green Apple Foundation, 16 kilos of metal and 115 kilos of ordinary trash. The recyclable material was given to local recyclers from Punta Arena and the garbage was taken out of the island by the trash company. Many thanks to all who supported and to all the wonderful volunteers that made it happen!!!

Local recycler working at the storage facility
Local recycler working at the storage facility
The temporary storage facility in Tierra Bomba!
The temporary storage facility in Tierra Bomba!
Educational and clean up campaign at Punta Arena
Educational and clean up campaign at Punta Arena
Painting a mural inviting to protect the ocean
Painting a mural inviting to protect the ocean
Many thanks to all volunteers who made it happen!
Many thanks to all volunteers who made it happen!

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Dear friends,

With renewed dedication to our bay and the fight against plastic pollution in our oceans, we have advanced in the following, thanks to your support!

The recyclers association of Tierra Bomba ASORETIBO resumed activities in January 2019 with our support: routes and schedule of collection for recyclables were defined for Tuesdays and Fridays between 8:00 and 11:00 am; in addition, the recyclers are committed to cleaning public areas daily between 6:00 and 8:00 am, to take advantage of recyclable materials found there. The environmental overseer group was formed with the support of the Educational Institution of Tierra Bomba, to support the implementation of the PRAES - school environmental project, and to spread the environmental message throughout the community, encouraging a sense of belonging, respect, appreciation and conservation of the natural resources of the island.

Angie, student leader at the Educational Institution of Tierra Bomba, says that when she graduates she wants to study law and create a foundation to protect natural resources and educate the children of Tierra Bomba: "To dream big is possible!”

Recycling in Bocachica! In conjunction with the Educational Institution of Bocachica we organized the first Reciclatón (Recyclables fair) of 2019, with the participation of students and of the seven young recyclers previously identified in the community! Students brought in, separated and weighed 12 kg of paper, 40 kg of corrugated cardboard, 26 kg of scrap, 78.5 kg of pulp and 514 kg of PET bottles. We previously worked with 389 students and the 7 local recyclers on "Proper management of solid waste and separation at the source." We hope that all students involved will be multipliers and implementers of this information within their homes and community. The seven participating recyclers received an income for the commercialization of recyclable materials collected that day, and the grade that collected the most recyclables celebrated by sharing a delicious snack!

Massive Beach Clean Up in Bocachica! In support of the Friends of the Sea Festival and with other organizations, we co-organized this great clean up, cultural exchange and environmental awareness day. More than 120 volunteers from all over Colombia gathered at the Castillo de San Fernando in Bocachica, to show how much we care about conserving our oceans and our planet! From 7 am to 12 m we collected 80 kilos of recyclable material - mostly plastic, which was sorted by volunteers, and then transported on Antares 71 to the Cartagena Recycling Center!

Your support is vital to ensure continuous work and we know that together we can achieve significant success in the fight against plastic pollution at sea. Thank you for all your support! We are ready for 2019!

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