Gozo joins in with 20 other countries to clean-up the Mediterranean
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The Ministry for Gozo is working in collaboration with the Employment and Training Corporation ( ETC ) on the ‘Cleaner and Greener Gozo’ scheme, which they said is now well underway.
This scheme offers an opportunity to people who are currently unemployed to gain experience and also give them encouragement to enter the world of work, as well as assisting in the protection of the environmental status of Gozo .
The Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo, said that in the first week of this scheme various sectors were invited to get involved, such as education, private and NGO ‘s. The Ministry and ETC also gave their support to ‘Lets Do It Malta.’
“Today an educational campaign has been launched to complement the ‘Cleaner and Greener Gozo’ scheme, so that the general public can also get involved in this initiative.” the Minister said that this weekend our own islands joined 20 other countries around the Mediterranean, who all have this same goal.”
“With the coordination of ‘We Are All One,’ the island participated by clean-ups carried out in Ramla, Xlendi , Marsalforn and Hondoq among other places. By doing this Gozo joined the rest of the Mediterranean for one purpose, namely to clean its surrounding areas including the sea bed, with the voluntary help of several dive centres including Atlantis, Bubbles, Nautica, Scuba King, Calypso, St .Andrew’s Divers Cove, Moby Dive and the Utina Diving College,” the Minister said.
Other Non-Governmental organisations and individuals in Gozo, also had clean-up schemes including the Parmagan factory, the Mena Estate, the Grand Hotel, the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz and Cartridge World. ‘Lets Do it Malta’ and the ERRC worked in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo on the event.
The Minister for Gozo congratulated and thanked the many volunteers who participated in these groups, with their families and friends who worked to clean up on land, as well as the water.
Dr Refalo urged everyone to take care of the environment around them in Malta, Gozo and Comino, thereby conserving their natural beauty.
Photos: Xlendi Bay Clean Up – Moby Dives, St. Andrews and Utina Diving College all participated in this event. Photos by Utina Diving College.