Trash Bucket Challenge

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Have you heard of the recent Ice Bucket Challenge? Well, a man in Hawaii is trying to start a spinoff  – the Trash Bucket Challenge. (Watch his video here.) He says, “The issue we wanted to bring light to is the ridiculous amount of trash that litter our beaches as a result of the world’s overuse of plastic.” (Read more here.)

The challenge is simply to collect a bucket (or bag) of trash from a public area, dispose of it, and challenge others to do the same. I’m not usually into these types of social media activities, but I’m all for raising awareness about the amount of waste we produce and thought this might be a fun way to get some rubbish off our streets and beaches. It’s too hot these days for big clean-up events, but it doesn’t take long to fill a bucket with trash so if enough of us accept the challenge, it will be like a big beach clean-up! Only we won’t get heat stroke.

So to get us started, I cleaned the street I live on. I did sort the recyclables (plastic bottles) out. I am sharing a photo instead of a video, well, because it’s just easier and faster. I pass the challenge on to all Dahabians! I also passed it on to some individual friends on Facebook. Who will you nominate?

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Dahab Defender: Eid Al Atrash

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It’s time to finally kick off our Dahab Defender project! If you missed the first post about this project, you can visit this page for more information, but basically we are thanking and cheering on individuals and businesses who are working toward reducing waste here in Dahab.

The first person I have chosen to dub a “Dahab Defender” is Eid Al Atrash, owner and manager of Bedouin History Desert Safari tour company which offers camel, trekking, and jeep safaris throughout the region. Eid’s passions include slow food, nature, the environment, and his traditional Bedouin culture. He is from Ras Sudr and for the past several years that is where he has been based. But Eid has a long history and a deep connection to Dahab, having lived and worked here for several of the past 25 years. 

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Eid Al Atrash

Earlier this year when Eid was visiting Dahab, I mentioned to him that I wanted to organize an event to clean up a part of the coast. Not only did Eid agree that this was a much-needed action, he volunteered to help organize and sponsor the clean-up event, which we had decided would take place in less than 5 days, on January 25th. Eid arranged the transport to an area south of Dahab in Nabq Protected Area, provided snacks and refreshments for everyone who participated, and organized the pick-up of all the trash we had collected. He also ensured the plastic trash would be recycled by finding a man who would bring the trash to Sharm el Sheikh, where it was purchased by traders in recyclable items. All of this for a town that he no longer calls home.

Here are a few photos from our first Coastal Clean-Up:

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And so, Eid’s dedication to Dahab and passion for a cleaner environment make him our very first Dahab Defender! We thank him for all of his support in our first clean-up event and we look forward to our next one. 🙂

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Refuse ~ Reduce ~ Reuse ~ Recycle

Beach Clean-Up: May 21 and 22

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The Out to Sea? The Plastic Garbage Project – Egypt is sponsoring clean-up events next week in Dahab!

May 21 at 9 am and May 22 at 5 pm

Divers needed for the underwater clean-up and everyone needed for the beach clean-up!

Confirm your attendance on the Facebook Event page so transport and teams can be arranged.

Read more about the Out to Sea? project here.

Clean-Up Event: Saturday, 4 pm

The Dahab Bedouin Festival starts in just a couple of days and Plastic Free Planet is sponsoring the first clean-up event! This SATURDAY at 4 PM Dahabians will come together to clean the beach between Bedouin Moon Hotel and Sheikh Salem House. Everyone who helps clean up will be treated to a free traditional Bedouin dinner. How can you say no to that? 🙂

Big Beach Clean – Tomorrow, February 8

1549523_631352073568414_377748949_nAnother beach clean-up! This one organized by Plastic Free Planet Dahab. Meet at the Bedouin Star restaurant at the far end of Blue Hole and enjoy a free cup of tea before heading out on the walk to Ras Abu Galum.

Many thanks to the organizers and sponsors for helping take care of the beautiful stretch of shore!