A group of 17 scuba divers, 15 men and two women, from several diving schools in the greater Athens area participated on Sunday underwater clean-up of the popular Alimos beach in southern coastal Athens -- an initiative that coincided with World Environment Day. The volunteer divers, who were aided by the Greek coast guard, amassed several large garbage bags filled with all types of refuse. The initiative was one of 152 scheduled around the country in forests, beaches, parks and neighbourhoods on the occasion of event.
Meanwhile, hundreds of bicyclists conducted as seven-hour bike ride around central Athens on Sunday, reaching coastal southern Athens as well.
The event, co-sponsored by the transport and environment ministries and with the participation of Greece's national cycling team, aimed to send an environmentally friendly and "healthy living" message on the occasion of World Environment Day.