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Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena

by Fundacion Bahia y Ecosistemas de Colombia
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

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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Recyclers of Tierra Bomba
Recyclers of Tierra Bomba

Thanks to your generosity Fundacion Bahia y Ecosistemas de Colombia has been able to develop activities to leave installed capacity in the community and strengthen recycling programs and environmental education in the communities of the island of Tierra Bomba.

We developed two major environmental campaigns, starting with a great underwater and coastal clean up in Tierra Bomba - organized with the community and other organizations on October 25th and 26th, which included previous sensitization of the community and a Green Exchange, giving vegetables and fruits in exchange for recyclables. The clean up activity involved 170 people who collected 1.5 tons of waste, of which 1 ton of recyclables were given to local recyclers. The second clean up was held in the neighboring island community of Punta Arena, as part of the Colombia Limpia initiative, with the participation of 100 volunteers who on November 22nd collected 82 kilos of mostly plastic from beaches, preventing them from falling into the bay of Cartagena!

The Local Committee of Environmental Overseers of Tierra Bomba was formed, which will be responsible for monitoring functions to ensure that the programs established in the solid residue management plan are developed. This local Committee was approved by the Community Council of Tierra Bomba, began its training process on December 4th and will be presented to the entire community with the launch of the "My Cleaner and Prettier Street Contest" this december, as a strategy to promote community participation and separation at the source.

For its part, the Association of Recyclers of Tierra Bomba has delivered 4.6 tons of recyclable waste to the Cartagena Amigable Recycling Facility during the last 3 months, which we transported aboard the Antares 71. The recyclers continue with their training program, and on December 3rd graduated from the leadership module based on emotional intelligence. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to contribute with the refreshments for the training workshops of the recyclers in the Recycling Facility.

"We are very proud of all the opportunities and degrees!" says Angie Moncaris, recycler who along with her husband Juan Carlos Herrera, recycler, graduated not only from the module but also from high school, with a scholarship from the Tierra Bomba Educational Institution along with another 14 night students. Congratulations to the graduated recyclers!

Thank you very much for your contributions that have made it possible to continue with the fight against plastic pollution in our bay and our sea!

Punta Arena clean up in November 22nd
Punta Arena clean up in November 22nd
Antares 71 transports recyclable waste to mainland
Antares 71 transports recyclable waste to mainland
Recyclers of Tierra Bomba
Recyclers of Tierra Bomba
"My Cleaner and Prettier Street" contest posters
"My Cleaner and Prettier Street" contest posters
Transporting volunteers to Tierra Bomba
Transporting volunteers to Tierra Bomba

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Fundacion Bahia y Ecosistemas de Colombia

Location: Cartagena - Colombia
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Mauricio Gómez
Cartagena, Colombia
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