El Nido Resorts guests and staff joined the rest of the world in celebrating Earth Day 2009 last April 22 by conducting coastal and underwater cleanups at various beaches and dive sites around Bacuit Bay in El Nido, Palawan.
A total of 249.5 kg of garbage was collected for the entire day by volunteers. At 104 kg, majority of the trash collected by weight was glass, followed closely by plastic at 92.7 kg. Styrofoam came in third at 27.7 kg, while metal, aluminum cans, and cloth weighed in at 16, 6.7, and 2.4 kg, respectively.
According to Project AWARE Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving underwater environments, 6 million tons of debris enter our oceans each year, which harm underwater environments and wildlife. Therefore, to help keep our waters garbage free and keep various wildlife safe, we should properly dispose of our trash and remove debris on every recreational dive or shoreline visit that we make. After all, its not only on Earth Day that we should celebrate the Earth; every moment we spend on this life-giving planet is already a cause for celebration.
El Nido Resorts
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines