Oct 2, 2019

Troubling environmental news has barraged the world recently: A US-led team of scientists found microplastics in the cores of the Arctic ice, Iceland’s Okjökull glacier was declared a fallen ice mass due to climate change, and the Amazon forest was covered with fire. 

While in the country, after the annual summer beach party LaBoracay has been banned last year, tourists have flocked up north to La Union for a similar beach party. However, tons of garbage have been found along the beach with trash buried in the sand, too. 

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That’s why in an effort to educate locals and tourists on how to properly take care of the beaches in the country, Reef Philippines sets its fourth beach clean-up party on October 11-12 at the Nalu Surf Camp and Alley 2, Baler, Aurora. 

Reef is a multinational beach-inspired shoe and apparel brand that advocates for fun, freedom, and comfort for beachgoers and travelers.

Photo courtesy of Reef Philippines Facebook page

In support of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) and the Ocean Care Movements, beach clean-up volunteers can look forward to more environmental talks and workshops on environmental conservation this year.

Beach clean-up activity. Photo courtesy of Reef Philippines

For the first time this year, the clean-up movement will be having an eco-market where businesses with sustainable products will be selling some items over the weekend. Organizers will be also having a surfing competition which will be led by the Manila Surfing Association.

Eco-market. Photo courtesy of Reef Philippines

The two-day event will be free to the public. It will also be a plastic-free zone. Food and drinks will be served in reusable containers thus participants must bring their own reusable bags, tumblers, and towels. There will also be street parties at night where local bands will be performing.

Music festival. Photo courtesy of Reef Philippines

Last year, Reef conducted their beach clean-up activity in San Juan, La Union.

For more information, visit www.freetheseamovement.com

 

 

Header photo courtesy of the Reef Philippines

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