Players from the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics training academies in the Dominican Republic took a stand against the plastic wave
Photos by Fran Afonso
Last summer, people in the Dominican Republic faced an apocalyptic scene – wave after wave of plastic debris rolling in at Montesinos Beach in the capital of Santo Domingo. The world was shocked by the video that revealed the symptoms of our global disposable plastic culture, and one island’s struggle to stem the tide.
Parley Caribbean Director, Carmen Danae Azor, is working on a long-term plan with the Dominican Republic and has remained on the ground since. As part of the Parley AIR strategy, we are continuing to scout the most afected areas, listen to the community, organize cleanups, implement education initiatives, track the waste to its source and develop waste management strategies with our local network of partners.
As part of these efforts we teamed up with Players for the Planet to raise awareness and take action in the world of baseball, the DR’s most popular sport. Players for the Planet co-founder, Chris Dickerson, who is also a former MLB player and a Parley AIR pledger, led the first cleanup in collaboration with pro-baseball players. Among the attendees were Robinson Cano, Amed Rosario, Mel Rojas Jr., as well as members of the the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics training academies.
“You don’t have to be rich and you don’t have to be an athlete to make a difference in your community. You may feel that efforts go unrecognized but it’s the persistence in your efforts that will inspire true change.”
– Robinson Cano