Garbage on the beaches of Alagoas and Pernambuco

In January 2008, I was traveling for 15 days between Recife, Maceió and an area known as “Costa dos Corais”. The beauty of this region is incredible, very beautiful beaches, mostly unexploited and almost untouched.


carlos fidelis sent on 13/02/08 at 18:10 the following message:

Topic: GARBAGE on the beaches of Alagoas and Pernambuco
Message: São Paulo, 09 February 2008. I ask you to read this letter carefully and then, after having analyzed it, to take due measures meaning that I AM WAITING FOR A RESPONSE. In January 2008, I was traveling for 15 days between Recife, Maceió and an area known as “Costa dos Corais”. The beauty of this region is incredible, very beautiful beaches, mostly unexploited and almost  untouched. But what caught my attention and is the subject of this letter is the ENORMOUS QUANTITY OF GARBAGE ON THE BEACHES. Beaches that are almost deserted and hardly frequented by local inhabitants but full of glass and plastic bottles,  Styrofoam, construction waste (floors, wood with nails), other plastic garbage. I can say that 80 % of the garbage that I found, in particular on the beach of PATAXO and the beach of LAGE in the municipality of PORTO DE PEDRAS on the coast of Alagoas state, were PET bottles. I thought that this garbage had been thrown by local people but great part of it had actually been washed ashore.  The garbage was “international” ! I found a water bottle from America, Argentinean toothpaste and a jar of hair cream from France.  I observed one example of the great quantities of garbage left by tourists at PRAIA DO GUNGA and it did not seem to me as if on this beach anyone would collect the garbage… The garbage left there will also pollute the sea once the tide rises. It is outrageous that such beautiful beaches are infected by marine litter and by the litter left by tourists, even more the beaches located on COSTA DOS CORAIS, which is a habitat of MANATEE, like Pataxo beach and Lage beach, not to mention that this region is part of a nature sanctuary that was created on 23 October 1997. Marine litter is an environmental, economic, health and esthetical problem. It causes damage and death to the fauna. It threatens biological diversity in the sea and on the coast. Innumerable sea animals ingest garbage and die. IT IS SUCH AN OBVIOUS THING!!!!!!!!GARBAGE IS UGLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AND EVEN MORE UGLY ON THE BEACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Plastic takes hundreds of years in order to decompose and if it is not removed from the oceans and the beaches, it will stay there for innumerable generations.  I found some information in literature that plastic takes 200 to 450 years in order to decompose. Would it be fair to leave to our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren recollections floating on the oceans so that they will remember us sadly? Why not launch a campaign for local people who live at the beaches, for tourists and visitors to COLLECT THE GARBAGE FROM THE BEACH! PICK UP THE GARBAGE and do not throw it again! There are campaigns to NOT DIRTY THE BEACHES BUT MEANWHILE THE GARBAGE IS THERE ALREADY AND IS NOT REMOVED! Why now launch radio campaigns (because that’s what reaches most people) asking tourists and local people to remove the garbage that is polluting the beaches like I did on the beach of Pataxo and on the beach Lage ? One could organize recycling campaigns (here in São Paulo I saw some places where they buy one kilogram of PET bottles for R$ 0,30), calling in recycling companies, creating partnerships where everybody “wins”: the population because they will have a clean beach and the company because the will get raw materials. One could create in the coast regions a class in school called ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION or promote presentations on a regular basis  which teach students to defend the environment for coming generations. It is easy, we just need to plant a seed called COLLECT AND NOT THROW LITTER ON BEACHES. It is ENOUGH TO BE WILLING AND HAVE AN INCENTIVE TO CHANGE.
CARLOS EDUARDO SACRAMENTO FIDELIS, COMPANY MANAGER, SÃO PAULO-SP cadufidelis@, cadu.fidelis@ I will forward this letter to: Newspapers: ” O Estado de São Paulo”, “Folha de São Paulo”, “Gazeta de Alagoas”, O Jornal” Magazines: ” Viagem e Turismo”, Revista ” Época”, Revista “Veja”, Revista “Isto É”.
Institutions: Instituto Recifes Costeiros Instituto do Meio Ambiente de Alagoas Ibama APA - Costa Dos Corais Centro Nacional de Pesquisa Conservação e Manejo de Mamíferos Aquáticos Ilma Sra Marta Suplicy, Ministra do Turismo Secretaria de Turismo do Estado de Alagoas Prefeitura de Porto de Pedras Secretaria de Turismo de Porto de Pedras Prefeitura de São Miguel dos Milagres

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