Paddling, Cleaning, Teaching, Brazil
The project was created in August 2016 to raise awareness of the magnitude of the marine plastic pollution issue. Paddling on standup boards, the organisation cleans up vast stretches of coastal environments within Atlantic forest protected areas, whilst also organising activities in schools and events for communities en route, to raise awareness and engage people to get involved in coastal and marine conservation. The major educational focus is on children, stimulating the development of environmentally conscious adults. They use social media, local television and radio programmes to inform, advocate and engage people along the way. Funding from EOCA will help fund a fourth expedition which will collect plastic and trash as it paddles 1,000 km along the coastline of the states of Paraná, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, where there is the most significant stretch of Atlantic forest remnant in Brazil. 380 clean ups of the beaches and islands they encounter will result in plastic being collected and then being transformed into toys to be donated to local children, as well as chairs and tables. The project intends to reach 10,000 students and volunteers during their expedition.