Arik Rosenblum, director of the Ecoocean nonprofit, tells a Zoom conference of green organizations that 7,000 people have volunteered so far to help clean up the beaches after the oil spill in the Mediterranean, and more are registering.
Ecoocean has sent out a research boat to check whether oil is still floating on the Mediterranean, he says. It is also going to launch a glider, together with the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute, to examine the situation along the coast.
Ecoocean has trained 20 people in each coastal authority to deal with such an emergency — to be able to train other volunteers and help the local authority.
Rosenblum is still hoping that beach season will open on time.