Want to do more than just worry and fume from the sidelines about the oil disaster that has devastated so many of our beautiful local beaches? Here’s how you can safely get involved in the clean-up … and also make sure that your anger is heard.
Within days of the old tanker Agia Zoni II sinking off the coast of Salamina (on September 10), disgorging its toxic cargo into the Saronic Gulf, oil started to arrive along the Attica shoreline.
A distressing sight, the participation of volunteers was not possible then, however, because the volumes of oil were too high and the risk to public health, too large.
But now that the first large quantity of oil waste has been removed, there is a great need for the community to get involved in saving our precious beaches. For the next few weeks, the sea keeps oil on the coast, and affected beaches have to be cleaned every day. Volunteer assistance for this difficult task is vital.
Local municipalities such as Glyfada are now co-ordinating volunteer action groups, to be carried out under the strict guidance of their civil protection policies, and with the necessary equipment and safety attire, such as full length gloves, protective body suit and boots, for all those who join the clean-up effort.
Volunteers for the Glyfada district can sign up by phoning 15464 (DAILY 8 AM-8 PM) or via email at email@example.com or on the special form available at www.glyfada.gr(https://goo.gl/forms/QmGweJsQnQ57QFke2)
For other districts, contact your local municipality or Greenpeace Greece on 210 3840774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to advise you promptly about how and where to best join the clean-up operation near you.
If you find an injured bird or animal in oil?
Do not let it back into the water. Place them in a cardboard box with open holes and call ANIMA (for a bird) with your exact location on 2109510075 or 697 2664675. For sea turtles, contact ARCHELON, 210 5231342, 210 89 82 600
Want to have your say?
On the Greenpeace Greece website, you will also find a petition to sign to put pressure on the responsible Merchant Marine Minister to intensify the decontamination work before long-term damage results.
What other locals have to say…
Finally, we highly recommend you watch this very informative and inspiring video made by concerned locals involved in the clean up operation.
For anyone who doesn't already know, the oil spill has now reached beaches more than 100km away, turning Athens' beautiful southern beaches into tar covered danger zones🛢️😢🇬🇷 This is our video that explores the places and people affected 📹 Please share!An old old tanker carrying 2500 tones of crude oil named the Agia Zoni II sank off the coast of Salamina close to Athens on September 10th, 2017. Not much was heard about it on the news until a few days later when the oil started showing up on local beaches. Panic and sadness settled in as local governments unsuccessfully contained the spill and did not act immediately to protect the coast line. The political blame game has begun and the Athenians begin to wonder what this will mean. What will have to change? Will anything change? We grabbed our cameras and headed out to see what people had to say and see if we could help. This incident has only excited our ideas of alternatives that could keep Greece clean and green. Help us share this video and follow us at The Thing About Greece for further updates as we seek solutions…Special Thanks to The Velvoids for their music – The Ballad of Fay Wray
Publié par The Thing About Greece sur samedi 16 septembre 2017
Insider Weekly, September 20, 2017.