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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

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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