Plastic bags, a serious threat to the Mediterranean

The use of plastic bags leaves enormous environmental damage. Almost never reused, and often ending up as litter, they cause the death of at least one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals each year.

Under the auspices of the UNEP/MAP - the Barcelona Convention Secretariat, and with focus on the reduction of plastic carrier bags usage, a major problem for the marine environment, the 19th "Clean-Up the Med 2014" campaign was launched in Athens on 29th April 2014.

The nationwide campaign that is coordinated by the MedSOS in Greece, gathered academic institutions, the scientific community, national and local authorities, environmental NGOs, journalists and volunteers.

The campaign aimed to highlight the risks of using plastic bags and motivate social actors to take action to clean the marine and coastal environment from litter, especially disposable plastic bags.

Since 8 years, the campaign has mobilized thousands of volunteers to clean beaches, sea bottoms and other natural areas in Greece. This year’s campaign will last from 1 May to 30 June.