Our Diving is Rubbish

You’ve heard of ocean plastics, but the grim reality is our seas are being used to dump many other forms of non-biodegradable waste. Fishing equipment, electrical goods, vehicle tyres, shopping trolleys – you name it. Even entire cars wind up being ditched into the briny.

It’s part of the “out of sight, out of mind” mindset that typifies our unsustainable, disposable culture.

Refuse such as electronics causes toxic pollution, leaching dangerous chemicals into the water. Larger items trap fish and other marine organisms, leading to needless suffering and death.

Frustrated by government inaction, local plumber and part-time dive instructor David Kennard set up the UK’s first underwater clean-up group in 2005. Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners (NARC) has since carried out over 2,000 underwater clean-ups and inspired other dive groups in the UK and abroad to take action.

Once salvaged, the rubbish is sorted for recycling or even up-cycling into new products.

“As much as governments are the key to these problems, we can’t wait for them to sit down and make an agreement.” —David Kennard, NARC

David and his team of volunteers exemplify our belief that transition to a sustainable future starts with ordinary people taking local action and driving change from the bottom up.

One Person. One Action

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