Arade Azul marks World Wetlands Day with garbage cleaning in the Alvor estuary

School community called to help clean up trash

Arade Azul, promoted by the Teia D'Impulsos Association, once again marked the World Wetlands Day, on February 2, with a special focus on environmental education for the school community.

Teia D'Impulsos invited the 5th B and C classes from the EB 2,3 Júdice Fialho and EB 2,3 Nuno Mergulhão schools, from Portimão, to join the cause along the Alvor estuary.

Thus, on the 2nd and 4th of February, «both schools had the opportunity to find out more about the subject, through educational games, and to help with coastal cleaning in the area with a view to preserving that wetland, recognized worldwide. by the Ramsar Convention», explains Teia D'Impulsos.

With masks, gloves, garbage bags, shrimps and shovels, the children «took over the sand next to the Alvor estuary and started their work». Divided into small groups, «each element was responsible for a bag for a certain type of waste, another for a bottle where to deposit cigarette butts and one of the children took with him a registration table where he wrote down the materials found».

All the children were «very interested and enthusiastic about contributing to the protection of the environment», highlights Teia D'Impulsos.

These two days of action by Arade Azul had the participation of 62 children, who “managed to collect a total of 150 kilograms of waste on the beach, including 1.013 units of plastic, 674 units of other materials such as cigarette butts and 279 units of paper and cardboard ».

The initiative was supported by Docapesca, which accompanied the activities and offered gifts to the children, EMARP – Municipal Water and Waste Company of Portimão, which collected and separated the waste found, the Alvor Parish Council and the Municipality from Portimão.