Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabbay took part in a dive aimed at cleaning up the Mediterranean sea. The minister joined a group of divers on Friday morning, June 12th, in Caesarea. The event took place within the framework of "Man and the Sea Week," organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.
Man and the Sea Week took part from June 5-13th. Activities included beach tours, an astronomy lesson, lectures, and other beach activities. In addition, there were coastal cleanup events organized in coordination with the MoEP’s Clean Coast program, and marine cleanup activities, such as the one in which Minister Gabbay took part.
The theme of the week was reducing marine litter. The event was aimed at raising awareness about the importance of preserving the marine environment, especially for future generations. Plastic waste is one of the worst environmental threats in the sea, and has caused tens of billions of dollars of damage. The divers at Friday’s event removed plastic bottles, chairs, bags, and more from the sea.
Minister Gabbay: "Protection of the environment is not just about the ground, but also about sites that are hidden from the eye, and can affect our quality of life even if we don’t see them every day, such as the sea floor. The goal of the ‘Man and the Sea Week’ events is to focus our attention on preservation of the sea and beaches, and especially, to educate the next generation about environmental protection."