This was a fairly crazy week for myself and the Adventure Bag Crew. I spent the week exploring the island of El Nido, collecting trash and building content material to share and hopefully inspire other folks to get motivated about preserving and safeguarding our atmosphere. I was invited out to El Nido to participate by founders Ellie and Owen from the Clean Cliffs Project. They are each qualified Red Bull cliff divers and began the movement, which is related in lots of methods to Adventure Bag Crew.
Just after quite a few days of island hopping, I then was fortunate sufficient to watch the Red Bull cliff diving competitors, the 1st ever in the Philippines. I continued cleaning up when out there and started advertising our El Nido cleanup. It was fairly crazy to feel that only a couple of months immediately after building Adventure Bag Crew, we have been collaborating with Redbull and featured on their livestreams, videos and interviews.
Right here are some of the cleanups and videos we produced in the 1st couple of days of our El Nido knowledge.
Just after the Red Bull Cliff Diving occasion concluded the concentrate shifted to our cleanup. We decided to do it on a Sunday morning at eight am on El Nido Most important Beach and have been stoked when 40-50 legends turned up to assistance!
Half of the group headed off towards the left and half towards the ideal. Along the way, we found that regardless of the hotels and restaurants sweeping and cleaning in front of their premises, there was a lot of trash. Most of it was jammed below rocks or not straight on the sand.
As often, cigarette butts, plastic wrappers, and bottles have been the most collected things. Cigarettes are the most littered item in the planet and they often cover the beach.
It was great that so lots of travelers gave up a day of island hopping to join us and shows that the travel neighborhood cares about the atmosphere. They know how spectacular El Nido is and recognize the require to defend it. It was equally as awesome to have a massive group of locals join us to do their bit. I saw this group of ten guys speaking and teaching some little ones they met along the beach as nicely. It often tends to make me proud to unite travelers and locals simply because it is a international trouble but we all care no matter exactly where we are from or what language we speak.
Just after an hour in the hot sun, we gathered back to meet up once more and have a group photo. Shaka Cafe was sort sufficient to sponsor the cleanup by providing just about every participant a 200 peso voucher for a breakfast immediately after the workshop so we all jumped in tuk-tuks and ripped down to Lio Beach for a post-cleanup smoothie bowl.
El Nido has created some fantastic adjustments lately by banning plastic straws each on island-hopping trips and in the whole town. You will only ever see paper straws it is awesome! El Nido banned plastic buying bags also. They also banned single-use plastic water bottles on the island hopping trips! We want to celebrate these achievements and push El Nido to take it even additional. It will not only advantage El Nido but there are lots of other provinces in the Philippines who are inspired by El Nido’s actions and are now following suit. Even folks in other nations are speaking about how progressive El Nido is. So, I present congratulations for the actions taken so far and urge the mayor and lawmakers to relentlessly pursue what is greatest for the atmosphere and to retain inspiring the Philippines and the planet.
Thanks to every person who came out and supported the Adventure Bag Crew, Clean Cliffs Project and most importantly El Nido!