The third weekend of September saw the team and guests at Hurawalhi Maldives join millions of others across the globe for the annual Clean Up the World event. Care for the environment lies at the heart of Hurawalhi so it was only fitting for us to get involved again this year!
Hurawalhi’s 2023 event started in the evening of 15th September with a Guest talk at the Coco Bar “Clean Up the World Day & The Impact of Marine Debris” which was both educational and enjoyable. Amongst other interesting facts, we learned that annually, 2.01 billion tons of solid waste are created, with an expected 70% increase in the next 30 years and we produce about 400 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. Clean Up the World Organization was established in 1993 and is one of the largest community-based environmental programs in the world with an estimated 35 million volunteers across 133 countries, including: community groups, schools, businesses, and local governments.
On Saturday 16th September we led an Uninhabited island Clean-Up at Gavirifaru on the northeast side of Lhaviyani Atoll. We were joined by local schools from Hinnavaru as well as guests, resort team members and the Prodivers team. We collected a staggering 50 bags of rubbish, most of which had drifted in with ocean currents.
While this was a big event, a part of a global campaign, we put a lot of emphasis on the environment in our day-to-day operation. Constantly on the lookout for ways to minimise our impact on the fragile ecosystem, some of Hurawalhi’s green endeavours include an extensive solar panel installation, heat recovery system, in-house drinking water bottling, ocean-friendly bathroom amenities and offering sustainable, locally sourced produce wherever possible.
Once again a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who contributed to making the Lhaviyani Atoll and its surroundings even more spotless!
Supporting local environmental action to make a world of difference.