This was already the 22nd edition of the Think Green environmental action. In its framework, divers from the Croatian diving club Roniti together with project partners – the C.I.O.S. group, the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, and National Geographic Croatia conducted a large cleanup of the island of Vis. The British Embassy in Zagreb also gave their support and Polish diving base Nautica.
The entire Think Green Vis 2021 action lasted three days. The underwater clean-up involved participation of about 60 diverswho cleaned the coastline, but also the ferry port and the nearby beach.
The result of the work the divers have done is impressive. They brought almost 15 tonnes of rubbish to the surface. Among them, among others, a metal superstructure of the ship, parts of sewage pipes, bicycles, car batteries, construction waste. They also excavated as much as 6 tonnes of abandoned tyres, large household appliances and 1000 litres of used oil. The participants used more than 1,000 bags just for small waste!
During the clean-up The divers also found and excavated several firearms. The Italian-made small arms were handed over to a local museum, where specialists will take care of their cleaning and conservation.
The Roniti diving club has been organising clean-ups as part of the Think Green campaign for 10 years now. During this time, divers have already cleaned waste from the Adriatic Sea and rivers and lakes throughout Croatia. Undoubtedly, in addition to cleaning the environment, with their actions they also raise environmental awareness and draw attention to the problem of pollution.
The organisers of the action also informed that all the waste that the divers collected during the clean-up was taken away from the island of Vis and properly disposed of. This was possible thanks to the logistical support provided by the C.I.O.S. group.
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