Tenerife celebrates World Oceans Day with beach cleanup

  • Tenerife Cabildo
  • 09-06-2024
  • Tenerife
  • Photo Credit: Cabildo de Tenerife
Tenerife celebrates World Oceans Day with beach cleanup

Tenerife marked World Oceans Day yesterday (Saturday) with a beach cleanup at Almáciga and Benijo beaches in Santa Cruz. Activities included waste collection and a theoretical and practical workshop on the issue of microplastics, supported by the Applied Analytical Chemistry Research Group from the University of La Laguna.

The event was organised by the Cabildo, the Ministry of the Environment, and the Santa Cruz Council, to emphasise the importance of protecting the environment, and particularly the ocean around us, and they collected a ‘mountain’ of plastics, fishing nets, and even a road sign.

The President of the Cabildo, Rosa Dávila, highlighted the importance of community involvement in looking after our environment, stating, "Caring for our territory is an attitude we need to promote. We aim to form an alliance that reaches all citizens, involving them in the protection and preservation of our coastline."

She highlighted that the Environmental Office organises around 400 activities a year, involving approximately 5,000 participants. "We will continue to work hand in hand with various groups to create a network of volunteers dedicated to the coastline, striving for a better island.”

This initiative emphasises Tenerife's commitment to environmental sustainability and the protection of its marine ecosystems, highlighting the collaborative efforts between local authorities, research institutions, and community organisations.