On our base here in Caqalai many of our daily activities are focused around the reduction of plastic pollution and waste around our island and our neighbouring island of Moturiki. We lessen our pollution impacts by completing weekly dives against debris, snorkels against debris, and beach cleans.
Thus far this year we have been very busy! In total this year we have completed a number of dives and snorkels against debris and collected a variety of trash on those dives. Although no data has been compiled on the volume of trash we have collected is yet available, we continually schedule these activities throughout the year. These dives are completed twice a week; they consist of a 3-5 person team of divers that work together to spot different forms of debris on the reef. Through these dives we hope to make a substantial impact on the cleanliness of our surrounding reefs. We are collecting rubbish on regular beach cleans! These beach cleans give us an idea of forms of waste that predominantly end up in the ocean and not in the landfill. Using the Ocean Conservancy mobile app, we provide data on our collections to a global database on trash collection. Apart from the overflow of plastic bottles, we have been finding lots of batteries, flip flops, and takeaway containers on our beach cleans, as well as stranger large items such as fridge doors!
We hope that by completing weekly beach cleans we can lessen the amount of rubbish that ends up on our reefs and in the bellies of our beloved sea creatures, and also become more informed about future waste management solutions.
Currently, there are no recycling points on Moturiki; with your help, we can build one! In 2019, our Caqalai team collected over 1000kg of rubbish between the ten villages of Moturiki. Due to its proximity to the sea, Moturiki is directly affected by the overflow of waste that floods into the ocean, and having access to responsible waste disposal will be the key to managing the abundance of waste found on their shores. Our intent is to build and help to manage two recycling points on Moturiki, with the goal of reducing the amount of waste making its way into the ocean and encouraging sustainable waste management for future generations. Help us in achieving our fundraising goal and contribute to the construction of the first two recycling points on Moturiki.
As a team here at Caqalai our goals follow the guidelines of the United Nations Development Programme and Sustainable Development goals. This quarter we have heavily focused on Goal #12: Responsible consumption and production. This goal aims to substantially reduce waste generation and production by the year 2030. We can do this by recycling and reusing or repurposing our waste. In addition to beach cleans, dives against debris, building recycling points, we also work toward this goal by collecting our crisp wrappers to be folded and made into purses by the local women at our community project hub!
In summary, we hope that our continuous work in responsible waste management has a ripple effect in the surrounding communities. Although we are such a small island, we can in fact make a difference! Through building recycling points, weekly beach cleans, and dives against debris we can lessen the amount of waste that spreads to the rest of the ocean from our corner of the earth. We can also increase awareness of the world's waste problem by continuing to do waste management workshops in our neighbouring islands and communities.
We are planning to raise more money to support the construction and management plan for the proposed recycling points in 2020.
A big thank you to all our supporters, fundraisers and donors!