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Recycling is our beach

30 days, 30 beaches, 940 km of coastline.

Novo Verde launches an initiative to raise awareness among Portuguese people about the pollution of the seas and oceans. “Recycling is our beach” is the campaign that this summer will raise awareness of correct waste disposal at 30 beaches from the north to the south of the country to protect one of the most important assets we have: Water.

The initiative is supported by the Portuguese Environment Agency. It will begin on June 21st at Afife beach in Viana do Castelo and then stretch 940 km of coastline to Monte Gordo beach in Vila Real de Santo António, where it will arrive on July 24th.

In collaboration with the non-profit association Sailors for the Sea Portugal, Novo Verde aims to educate young people in particular about the behaviour they should adopt to prevent pollution of marine ecosystems by their packaging waste. The awareness and environmental education activities will consist of fun and educational activities. In parallel, the community will be invited to participate in beach clean-ups to ensure the proper treatment of the various wastes collected on the beach.

As part of the initiative, on some beaches, there will be personalities connected to the world of surfing and therefore have a close connection with the sea.

Date District County Beach
21/06/2021 Viana do Castelo Viana do Castelo Praia de Afife
22/06/2021 Viana do Castelo Viana do Castelo Praia do Cabedelo
23/06/2021 Braga Esposende Praia da Apúlia
24/06/2021 Porto Póvoa de Varzim Praia do Carvalhido
25/06/2021 Porto Vila do Conde Praia da Árvore
26/06/2021 Porto Matosinhos Praia da Leça da Palmeira
27/06/2021 Aveiro Ovar Praia de Esmoriz
28/06/2021 Aveiro Ílhavo Praia da Costa Nova
29/06/2021 Coimbra Mira Praia de Mira
30/06/2021 Coimbra Cantanhede Praia da Tocha
03/07/2021 Coimbra Figueira da Foz Praia de Quiaios
04/07/2021 Leiria Nazaré Praia da Nazaré
05/07/2021 Leiria Alcobaça Praia de São Martinho do Porto
06/07/2021 Leiria Caldas da Rainha Praia da Foz do Arelho
07/07/2021 Leiria Peniche Praia da Gâmboa
08/07/2021 Lisboa Lourinhã Praia da Areia Branca
09/07/2021 Lisboa Torres Vedras Praia Azul
10/07/2021 Lisboa Mafra Praia da Foz do Lizandro
11/07/2021 Setúbal Almada Praia S. João da Caparica
12/07/2021 Setúbal Grândola Praia do Pego
15/07/2021 Setúbal Santiago do Cacém Praia da Fonte do Cortiço
16/07/2021 Setúbal Sines Praia de S. Torpes
17/07/2021 Beja Odemira Praia da Zambujeira do Mar
18/07/2021 Faro Aljezur Praia da Amoreira
19/07/2021 Faro Lagos Meia Praia
20/07/2021 Faro Portimão Praia da Rocha
21/07/2021 Faro Silves Praia de Armação de Pêra
22/07/2021 Faro Loulé Praia da Quarteira
23/07/2021 Faro Faro Praia de Faro
24/07/2021 Faro Vila Real de Santo António Praia de Monte Gordo

Ricardo Neto, Novo Verde President, added that “this action intends, in addition to bringing us closer to the population, to continue environmental education, which has been one of our pillars since the beginning of Novo Verde. It is essential that we continue to mobilize citizens for active participation in the treatment and recycling waste process that cannot, at all, be abandoned indiscriminately, which can contaminate ecosystems and our health and harm the Environment, of which we are a part. Focusing on packaging recycling, in particular, the main objective is to emphasize that the seas and oceans are the destinations of a large part of the waste that is not correctly disposed of, a reality that we want to combat, replacing it with adequate, simple, easy and accessible behaviour of each citizen.”

Bernardo Corrêa de Barros, Sailors for the Sea Portugal President, recognizes that “embracing the ‘Recycling is our Beach’ project represents an excellent opportunity for Sailors for the Sea Portugal, as it will be possible to reach more children and young people so that they can be agents of changing the sad reality that our Ocean is facing. Promoting a generation with greater awareness and capable of taking more conscious measures is one of the main focuses of our mission. Through playful and educational activities, we will seek to sow in each child the sense of responsibility that we all have a duty to assume for the protection of the Ocean and marine resources.”

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