A first action day on marine litter was organized by EUCC-D on Sept.17h in Warnemünde. The International Coastal Clean-up Day from Ocean Conservancy has been the frame for this meeting of several different organisations in Warnemünde to inform and present their work. An amazing mixture of so different organisations: the Parliament of the Fish - a theatre with children performing a story about trash in the sea; an ocean museum - Ozeaneum Stralsund; German youth hostel network - DJH; an environmental organisation - NABU; an institute for ocean research in the Baltic Sea - IOW; the Tourist Information Warnemünde; the EUCC as the organiser of this event, the European Coastal Union Germany and myself as an artist working with marine litter from this beaches.
We did a little beach clean-up on the cleaned beach, one of the most frequented beaches in northern Germany. During the summer season the beach is cleaned up every morning by a lot of persons and a new special machine. Although we collected about 3 kilos of small trash - 80% cigarette butts! Depressing!
I hope this is the start of a great networking! Stopping marine litter together!
There is a new website: www.meeresmuell.de