Education and awareness

Together we are building a community-driven movement for positive change.

Through our Coastal Action Events, Dos Manos School Programme, Changemakers Project and our Plastic free Balearics Programme, Save The Med works together with individual households, schools, companies and event organisers to reduce locally produced plastic pollution, ultimately aiming to achieve a single-use-plastic-free Balearics. 

Dos Manos School Programme

Our Dos Manos Schools Programme explores the issue of plastic in the marine environment and the effect this has on our marine life and ourselves. It is offered to local schools with the aim of reaching and engaging as many students, teachers and parents as possible with marine conservation, ultimately helping to shape an environmentally caring and proactive local population and future generation. 

The programme is offered in English, Spanish and Catalán, and comes in two versions: one standard version which includes three sections for students aged 15 - 18 years, and a Junior version including one section for students between 10 - 14 years.

For the 2020 - 2021 school year the programme content has been adapted to the COVID-19 situation with four different versions available to allow for simple participation, flexibility and compliance with prevention measures at all times: 1. Presential, 2. Semi-presential, 3. Virtual and 4. Digital independent 

During the programme we look at the impact of plastic pollution on marine ecosystems, the connectivity between human behaviour and the marine environment, and our responsibility for it.

It is a hands-on programme during which the students do a local excursion (optional during the 2020 - 2021 school year) and conduct a Dos Manos beach clean up. They undertake a scientific survey, analyse their results and discuss solutions to local problems. 

The programme raises awareness and promotes reflection on how we can replace or re-use plastic to limit its demand in our everyday life, as well as how we can prevent plastic from ending up in the environment. It inspires and empowers students to find innovative solutions to common problems caused by plastic pollution.

"What I liked the most about the programme is that it´s giving young people the opportunity to help, encouraging them to create new projects and giving them hope, helping them to believe in their ideas and to know that they are possible." -  a 15-year old student from Pius XII, after the last section of the Dos Manos School Programme.

Dos Manos School Programme

The Changemakers Project

Join the fight against plastic pollution and become a Changemaker!

We invite students from the Balearic Islands to form teams and develop ideas that can help reduce the use of plastic. By implementing their projects students will help ignite a wave of change in their communities and may get a chance to join Save The Med onboard a research vessel to participate in the study of whales, dolphins, turtles and plastics in the marine environment together with an experienced research team.

Students aged 15 - 18 join the standard Changemakers At Sea project, while younger students 8-14 are welcome to participate in the Changemaker Junior Project.

While these two separate versions differ in terms of criteria for participation, evaluation and rewards they are based on the same values and contribute to the common goal of reducing plastic pollution in the Balearics!

Click here to learn all about the Changemakers Project.


Unforgettable experiences at sea with the Changemakers of 2020

We'd like to thank all the amazing Changemaker students and teachers who overcame last year's challenges and, despite the confinement, kept working hard to fight plastic pollution! In this video we share some of the highlights from our time at sea with them.


Dos Manos Beach Cleans

The Dos Manos Beach Clean Project, inspired by the Australian "Two Hands" project, was launched in 2015 and has been growing in popularity ever since. Throughout 2018 over a tonne of plastic waste was removed from 11 beaches around Mallorca by more than 1100 volunteers. 

The project consists of public beach clean-ups organised on various beaches around Mallorca. We invite local volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to come and socialise while using their "Dos Manos" to clean up a piece of our world. In general, between 30 - 150 volunteers attend each event, some of which include underwater clean ups together with scuba divers, free divers and paddle surfers.

The volunteers gain a better understanding of the problems of plastic pollution and its solutions while simultaneously collecting valuable scientific data. The collected items are separated into categories, counted, weighed and data recorded before being disposed of in specific containers.

Regular collection of data from local beaches over long periods enables us to better understand and solve local problems caused by plastic pollution. This knowledge allows us to create targeted campaigns, public service announcements and science-based multimedia that help bring feasible solutions closer to the community, facilitating a transition towards a single-use-plastic-free lifestyle.

Find out when our next Dos Manos Beach Clean is by following us on Facebook. Can't wait? Organise your own beach clean up together with friends and family! Send us photos from YOUR beach clean up by emailing sabrina@savethemed.org!

Dos Manos Beach Cleans

Beach clean results 2019

Beach clean results 2019

Events

We organise awareness events to inspire and bring solutions closer to the general public. Sign up to our Newsletter to get the latest information and invites to our coming events. 


The exhibition "The Hidden Plastics" - Nit de Sant Joan #ZeroWaste

The Nit de Sant Joan #ResiduZero movement, initiated by Es Racó de ses Idees and Save the Med Foundation, invites you to the opening of the exhibition Els plastics ocults (The Hidden Plastics) Wednesday, 23rd of June, starting 18PM on the Portitxol Promenade in Palma. 

The exhibition aims to help us detect and replace plastics that are hidden in common items that we use in our daily lives and of which we are often not even aware. Recognising and reducing these hidden plastics is a vital step for our health and for the regeneration of our Planet.

Along with the exhibition, there will be stands with alternatives that will help you to make conscious choices, artistic performance and live radio. 

Sign up to the Facebook event and share it on your social networks. 


The exhibition "The Hidden Plastics" - Nit de Sant Joan #ZeroWaste