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Caring for the Italian beaches: the experiences of the youngest

2 June 2023   |   , ,

Summer in the Mediterranean region is beginning and with this also the increasing time passed at the beach. In Italy, many are the initiatives put into action by many volunteers to clean the beaches after the winter sea storms, in the last months. Amongst these, we narrate to you all about two of them, promoted by the gen 4, children of the Focolare Movement.

Italy, we know, is a peninsula. Its 7456 km long coastline makes it particularly vulnerable to the so called “marine litter” that is, the waste disposed in the sea or along the coast. According to the “Beach Litter 2023” investigation of the Legambiente, sea storms and the carelessness of bathers and tourists leave along Italian beaches an average of 961 litter items every 100 meters of beach, 72.5% of which is plastic. The study involved 15 Italian regions (Liguria, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Lazio, Marche, Abruzzo, Campania, Apulia, Basilicata, Molise, Calabria, Sicily, Sardinia).

The gen 4, children of the Focolare Movement, sensible towards the problem of the marine litter, along with their community, gave way to some initiatives for the care of their beaches. Here, we tell you about the ones carried out in the city of Ravenna and Grosseto.

Ravenna: Chiara Luce and the environmental pollution problem

Grosseto: Let’s clean up the beach in Principina a Mare