- Women turned scuba divers for a day to create awareness
- The initiative was organised by Bond Ocean Safari
- 12 to 15 million tonnes of plastic are found in oceans every year
Thiruvananthapuram: The beautiful Kovalam beach in Kerala’s capital kept springing out bags of surprises at a group of women – first time scuba divers, on Thursday. But besides the beauty, the surprises also had a ugly face – plastics and sanitary napkins.
These women from all walks of life, turned scuba divers for a day to create awareness about the need of keeping oceans clean.
This is why i have come here. This is shocking. I am doing my job. Please do yours. Don’t throw plastics in the sea, said Shobha Vishwanath, an entreprenuer, holding up a bag of waste.
Experts say 12 to 15 million tonnes of plastic finds its way to the ocean every year.
These are plastics which decompose in into particals that enter our food chain, causing infertility, cancer and several such problems. We need to stop waste dumping and this a way of creating awareness, said K Vasuki, the director of Suchitwa Mission in Kerala, who was ecstatic about her scuba diving experience but upset with her catch of plastic.
The organisers of this initiative, Bond Ocean Safari, who were helped to select their women participants by Red FM radio station, believe tourism cannot be without responsibility and a group of scuba divers as well as ocean lovers are now working for this cause
We earn our bread and butter from the ocean. We clean whatever we can every day but it never ends. Sometimes you see plastic stuck on to a star fish or a fish nibbling on plastic. It’s heart breaking, said Subin, an instructor.