Facing plastic pollution in the Caribbean Sea

 

The Parley Global Cleanup Network is an alliance of organizations working together to protect marine environments from the threat of plastic pollution. Through collaborative cleanups, we intercept plastic waste from beaches, remote islands, rivers, mangroves, high seas, and in coastal communities. Parley cleanup collaborators and volunteers share our vision for solutions and champion the Parley AIR Strategy.

The Dominican Republic recently faced an apocalyptic scene – wave after wave of plastic debris rolling in at Montesinos Beach in the capital and elsewhere on the island. The world was shocked by our video, which revealed the symptoms of our global disposable plastic culture, and one island’s struggle to stem the tide. Together with local partners and stakeholders, Parley is working on a long-term plan for the Dominican Republic. As part of the Parley AIR strategy, we are organizing ongoing clean-ups, implementing education initiatives, and tracking the waste to its source in order to develop waste management strategies. 

 
 

“Beyond raising awareness about conservation of marine ecosystems and avoiding plastic pollution, I see Parley’s role in the DR as a reminder that the only way to address these massive issues is by encouraging participation of both present and future generations in spaces that integrate creativity, innovation, and the love for the environment in a way that converges what is wondrous about our ideas.”

– Eddy Frank Vasquez, Parley Youth Ambassador

 
 
 

 

Featured Projects

 
 

Players for the Planet

Players from the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics training academies in the Dominican Republic took a stand against plastic pollution

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Emergency Response

The July 2018 plastic crisis at Montesinos Beach prompted an emergency response from Parley and the government, who worked together to rapidly mobilize a cleanup. Garbage emergencies like this are urgent reminders that we need to reduce plastic at its source. Unless urgent action is taken, scenes like this will become more common all over the world.

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SnotBot Bahía Samana 2019

Our most successful SnotBot expedition to date, with 80 adult whales sampled, and one whale calf.

 
 
 

Cleanup Efforts

52 beach cleanups celebrated to date, 49,684 volunteers involved in the interception of 260,343 kg of debris (July 2018 – April 2019)

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Thank you to our collaborators

 

Agrofrontera

Autoridad Nacional de Asuntos Marítimos (ANAMAR)

Centro para la Conservación y Ecodesarrollo de la Bahía de Samaná y su Entorno (CEBSE)

Galeon Divers Juventud Sostenible

Marullos Surf marullos.com Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (MARENA)

Ocean Soul RD

Players for the Planet

PF Surf Camp Cabarete