Climbing community removed 500 kilos of rubbish from cliffs in Sagres

Cleaning action involved 35 volunteers

Regional and national associations and companies linked to climbing collected 500 kilos of rubbish from a cliff in Sagres, on Saturday, the 4th.

This was the first cleaning action in the coastal area of ​​Sagres co-organized by Vertical – ADR Climbing Center, Algarve Mountaineering and Climbing Association, Vertigo Climbing Club, SAFE and Yupik Outdoor.

«With the intervention area focused on the cliff near Forte do Beliche, fishing area and access to some climbing areas, a volunteer group of 35 people, aged from 3 years old, filled 39 glass bags and 55 plastic bags and undifferentiated, accounting for a total of 380 kg of glass and 120 kg of plastic and undifferentiated waste", according to the promoters of the action.

These numbers “reveal that these types of actions are imperative for collective environmental awareness and reveal the way in which waste is discarded in the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejano and Costa Vicentina (PNSACV), serving as a warning for the urgent need to reverse these attitudes ».

«Climbing, being a nature sport, fosters, through its practitioners and promoting entities, an organic awareness for the preservation of nature, which leads to this being a sporting activity that fulfills the principle of sustainable development present in the article 10th of the European Sports Charter, which states that sports organizations must be supported and encouraged in their efforts to conserve nature and the environment", they add.

In this way, the organization and participants in this cleaning action «hope that climbing can no longer be a constrained activity within the PNSACV and is regulated and supported in a fair and balanced way, as happens in other natural parks, such as the Parque Arrábida Natural Park, the Serra da Estrela Natural Park and even the Peneda-Gerês National Park».

The action had the support of Vila do Bispo City Council, in providing containers for the disposal of rubbish, and Algar, through the provision of bags and selective collection of collected rubbish.