Students from Porto Santo participate in a Workshop to raise awareness of Marine Waste

Students from Porto Santo participate in a Workshop to raise awareness of Marine Waste

Students from Porto Santo participate in a Workshop to raise awareness of Marine Waste

Initiative framed in the World Underwater Photography and Video Championship.

Between October 6th and 8th, workshops were held with students from the Porto Santo Schools, at the Ilha Dourada naval club. The action aimed to sensitize young people to one of the biggest environmental problems: marine waste.

Within the framework of the “Porto Santo Sem Lixo Marinho” (Porto Santo Without Marine Waste~) project, AIDGLOBAL promoted workshops with current themes, such as environmental education and preservation of marine life, under the themes “Let’s preserve” and “Tides of Plastic”. The activities were attended by around 205 students from the 2nd and 3rd Cycles and Secondary Education of the Porto Santo Schools. Throughout the week, the importance of reducing plastic and eliminating single use was addressed, through documentaries, playful activities and the presentation of the “Beached Litter Reporter” app. Some of the groups were challenged to take photographs near the marina in Porto Santo, in order to portray the message of a Porto Santo without marine debris. These photos were evaluated by a jury and the selection can be seen here.

In parallel with the European Sport Week, students participated in diversified dynamics, such as laser run, archery, nautical activities and workshops, in synergy with School Sports in Madeira.

The “Porto Santo Sem Lixo Marinho” (Porto Santo Without Marine Waste) project is co-financed by the Environment Program of the EEA Grants and and promoted by Associação Natureza Portugal, in in partnership with WWF Portugal, AIDGLOBAL, ARM – Água e Resíduos da Madeira, Porto Santo City Council and the hub of MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre in Madeira, hosted by ARDITI. It also has the support of WWF Norway and the Secretariat for Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change of the Regional Government of Madeira.