My name is Ahmed Hamida, and I am on a mission in my country of Tunisia. I am planning a bike trip to tackle a global issue and a local catastrophe. As we all know, climate change problems are no longer a joke. It has become very evident that the Earth is struggling hard against pollution and its own increasing temperature. Locally in Tunisia, we have both industrial pollution and increasing waste, especially on the beaches which have turned into dumping grounds. That’s where we decided to take action and create our movement, “Salam for the beach.”
The “Salam for the Beach” project is a journey starting from the polluted beach of Gabes, in the Chatt al-Salam region, to the last point of Tunisia’s coastline, using bicycles, in order to implement clean up campaigns along the coasts in partnership with local or international actors and associations from each region. One of the project’s objectives is to raise awareness about the Gabes oasis and the environmental risks threatening its coastline due to pollution, and to find effective solutions. It aims to enlighten the community and raise awareness about the importance of the coastline and the preservation of its wealth and cleanliness. It also seeks to promote the culture of volunteering and the importance of using an eco-friendly means of transportation, the bicycle, and to advance environmental awareness among different segments of society.
There will be more than 20 hygiene campaigns starting from the Shatt Sidi Abdeslam Gabes area, reaching the last point of the Tunisian coastline, passing through all the beaches. This journey includes several workshops and stations. It will involve filming and documenting all parts of the day, including cleaning actions, interviews, and film editing, in order to showcase the supposedly conducted campaigns, participate in festivals and various summits, and raise their visibility. Establishing an environmentally friendly brand that aims to finance the movement in the next stages is also part of the project.
The main objective is to create and mobilize a network of associations, movements, and individuals to find solutions and protect the coastline while educating society about the importance of our planet.
After working locally for two years and conducting numerous activities, campaigns, and workshops in the city of Gabes to raise awareness among different segments of the community, we have reached a point where our voice is no longer influential due to the state of frustration within the community. Therefore, we have decided to give our voice to the world and restore the spirit of initiative to people. The funding for this project is divided into three parts. The first part is the necessary equipment for the journey.
The second part involves creating an official project website where the movement is defined, and future developments and events are posted, as well as setting up a stock for an eco-friendly clothing brand.
The third part is to finance the film editing and the working group responsible for communication, marketing, photo and video editing, and coordination between different parties to successfully carry out the project. Salam for the Beach is raising money for this project so that we can begin our journey from Gabes to Italy cleaning up the beaches as we go. To make a donation for the project you can visit our fundraising page on GoFundMe.