April 23, 2016 was a great way to celebrate Earth Day in Rio de Janeiro. COI helped organize a beach cleanup event on famous Itacoatiara Beach in the Niteroi suburb.
Friends and families came out and made a two hour mile long beach walk collecting the plastic scrap that made it past the city cleanup crew. 150 kilos later we had a major improvement in the beach and a real boost in awareness of the issue.
COI was sponsored by Silver Spur restaurant of Santa Cruz and Aquafish of Niteroi.
Local business took notice and invited us to return asap. We are looking into the option of our second event in August during the Olympic games to raise even greater awareness of the importance of Ocean Health globally.
Project Name: Brazilian Earth Day cleanup 2016
Focus: Help orchestrate a community beach cleanup at famous Brazilian Beach.
Number of Volunteers: 30
Clean Oceans International
local residents of Itacoatiara
Event organization across 4 time zones
14 hrs of travel time
plenty of humor
150 kilos of plastic removed
new community awareness of plastic pollution and PTF recycling options