CARING ABOUT MYKONOS
In recent years, Mykonos has become a massive tourist spot. This has been great for the local economy; however, it has created a lot of excess waste on the beaches and in the sea.
In spring 2019, we came across two deceased turtles who had ingested plastic on Ftelia beach in Mykonos.
It was then Now or Never was founded to help solve the
plastic pollution on beaches in Mykonos.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
LETS WORK TOGETHER
"The Greatest Threat to Our Planet Is the Belief
That Someone Else Will Save It"
Robert Swan OBE
Our founders, Temmy and Angeliki, live half of the year on the small Greek island of Mykonos.
"Few take the proper initiative to clean the beaches, so we brought together our friends and volunteers to
create the Now or Never team."
In one month, we cleaned up more than
1500kgs of garbage.
All these micro plastics kill our saline as it gets ingested finding it's way into our precious Aegean Seas.
Plastic debris in the marine environment is more than just an unsightly problem.
Images of beach litter and large floating debris may first come to mind, but much recent concern about plastic pollution has focused on microplastic particles too small to be easily detected by eye
Don't forget large single plastic items ultimately degrade into millions of micro-plastic pieces.
We encountered this female turtle trapped in a fishing lure Agios Lazaros. We quickly asked for help and rescued and freed her.
But be careful if you try to save a turtle they are creatures of habit and if you get in their way it can be very hazardous.
PLASTIC KILLS ALL OF US
No doubt the path we are taking will lead are marine wildlife into extinction and more hardships for our marine life.
Fish, seabirds, sea turtles, and marine mammals can become entangled in or ingest plastic debris, causing suffocation, starvation, and drowning.
Plastic waste kills up to a million seabirds a year. As with sea turtles, when seabirds ingest plastic, it takes up room in their stomachs, sometimes causing starvation.