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Dive For Earth Day 2007

Monday April 23, 2007

Each year during the week of Earth Day (April 22nd), thousands of people across the globe make a difference for the environment while having fun and getting wet to celebrate “Dive For Earth Day.” Dive Tropex Tokoriki based at Tokoriki Island Resort in partnership with local landowners and PADI Project AWARE organised a beach clean up at Monuriki Island with Yanuya Island school children.

Kids holding up Project Aware Certificates after cleaning Monuriki IslandMonuriki Island is a stunning island, with white sandy beaches, native flora and an endangered endemic species of Crested Iguana. The island is more famous as being the setting for the Tom Hanks movie ‘Cast Away’. Guests at Tokoriki Island Resort can visit Monuriki Island twice a week with a guide. Sadly even unspoilt tropical paradises are not immune from mankind’s waste. Rubbish, which washes ashore with the tides, is not just an eyesore, but also a danger to local aquatic life such as whales and turtles—who mistake plastic bags drifting in the sea for jelly fish—their favourite food.

The kids between 7 and 13 years old gave up their Saturday morning to take part in the event. Their enthusiasm was infectious and they are obviously aware of the threats that pollution poses to their local environment.

For more information about Project AWARE conservation initiatives visit www.projectaware.org.

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