ADVENTURE BAG CLEANUP IN SIARGAO, PHILIPPINES
If you’ve ever seen a photo of Siargao, you too probably resided with the rest of the population by quickly adding it to your bucket list. An island with a wonderfully unique vibe and culture. Siargao’s special culture is definitely a byproduct of its deeply entrenched surfing community. Additionally, it’s home to millions of palm trees and many famous surf breaks. The most notable surf break being Cloud 9 in General Luna, a barrelling wave which attracts professional surfers from every corner of the globe.
In 2016, Siargao ‘exploded’ gaining global interest online and on land. Visitors to the island started to pile up, with flights increasing from once a day in 2016 to twelve a day in 2019. Fortunately, both locals and expats are well aware of the increased environmental strain. Siargao is yet to have the infrastructure to deal with the influx of people, so it’s imperative that the people of the island and those who visit are making positive choices to protect its beauty. It is unspoken law on the island that plastic straws will not be used or sold. Locals are also taking a strong stand on littering and single-use plastics.
Siargao finally held it’s first Adventure Bag Crew cleanup organized by Josh Lynott.
Josh teamed up the Adventure Bag Crew with The Sun Crew and Kermit Surf. The Suncrew are based up north in Siargao, just near Pacifico. They provide surf sessions and board use to the children of Siargao in exchange for their participation in The Sun Crew’s education, sustainability, and skills programs. As part of The Sun Crew’s sustainability programs, they organize weekly beach cleanups.