Prontopia joins UNESCO event Plastic Free Venice, June 9 –
A clean up day of the canals and Venice lagoon
The Prontopia community will join together with UNESCO for the Plastic Free Venice Initiative in Venice on June 9 for a day cleaning plastics and trash from the canals and lagoon by boat to create awareness on sustainable tourism issues.
In collaboration with the Venetian and Italian institutions Prontopia is very pleased for the chance to collaborate with this global community clean up day. UNESCO, along with Veritas, and in collaboration with Prontopia, AVA, Row Venice, VIVA Voga Veneta, Real Venetian Experience and other Venetian associations and businesses related to the lagoon, have joined forces to create this initiative, which coincides with World Ocean Day the day before, on June 8.
“Recent studies have highlighted that there is a massive spread of a lot of trash in all world seas, specifically of plastic, which is 70% of it,” highlights ISMAR-CNR (Institute of Marine Science – National Council of Research), putting the accent on the importance of the awareness concerning Oceans conservation.
Davide Poletto, Project Officer of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe Venice, adds: “Venice lagoon, for its conformation, nature and specially for the high impact human activities coming from massive tourism and in continuous growing, is specifically exposed to the diffusion of plastic trash and relative micro-plastics coming from the progressive mechanic disgregation in the marine environment where they are abandoned” that’s why “Plastic Free Venice Initiative is an important awareness and educational event, open to anyone: any association, activity, as well as individuals and tourists.”
The Plastic Free Venice Initiative will take place together with events honoring World Oceans Day. A version of the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” will be screened at ISMAR-CNR headquarters in Venice at Arsenale Tesa 102 at 4 pm on Friday June 8 as part of the event “Nature, Science and History meet in the Lagoon.” At the end of the day on June 8, participants will be presented with the program for the June 9 clean up activity when teams of local Venetians, travelers, and global partners will set out in boats on the lagoon to clean and then enjoy a picnic together.
“A great event to connect Venice locals and visitors, with a positive impact activity for the city. We invite all travelers that will be in Venice on the 9th to participate to the clean up, having the possibility to give back something to the city” says Davis Brimer, CEO and co-founder of Prontopia, the service that connects travelers with Locals, giving assistance to them any time they need, on-demand or pre-scheduled. “Prontopia, and its local team, is very happy to be collaborating actively in the organization and realization of this event, together with many other community initiatives in Venice, helping to create connections between residents, travelers and the environment.”
Prontopia is a Public benefit Corporation, born in California but launched in Venice as its first city, with the stated purpose to contribute to positive social impact in each city. In Venice, Prontopia engages with local organizations and businesses in proactive change efforts to ensure the city remains a living city for residents, creating measurable solutions to the problems of overtourism.
We would like to invite all members of the Prontopia community, travelers, locals, and partners, to join the Prontopia team on June 9 for a fun and rewarding day together making a positive impact in Venice, and for the world. Please rsvp to [email protected] to join us!
The event is open to all, residents and travelers, whose can participate by picking up plastic from the water and giving it to the collection points set up by Veritas located around the city – the points will be shared on the event’s Facebook page. Participants are invited to share their pictures and videos on social media by using the hashtag #PlasticFreeVenice.