Maltese environmentalist Mark Galea Pace has been recognised by Queen Elizabeth as the Commonwealth Point of Light winner. This comes after Galea Pace collected over 52 bags of rubbish on a 3-day sailing trip!
The recognition is in honour of his ‘exceptional voluntary service’ in advocating environmental awareness whilst managing areas of natural and scientific interest.
Galea Pace is a fitness instructor who recently took on a solo three-day boat trip in a bid to clean up beaches and raise awareness about marine litter polluting the sea. Raising money for Nature Trust Malta, Mark collected 52 bags and 20 jerry cans full of rubbish.
Ever since, Galea Pace set out on additional solo clean-ups around the island, inspiring people to volunteer and kayak around the Maltese Islands and collect rubbish from the sea and beaches.
British High Commissioner to Malta Katherine Ward said that Galea Pace’s kayaking journey illustrates the impact one person can have: ‘That he continues to inspire others to take action in the here and now to save our planet is a testament to his efforts.’
Galea Pace remarked that he wanted to use the strength and fitness he gained as an ex-waterpolo player to inspire people to act and bring about change.
‘Whether alone or with a handful of volunteers, I will remain determined to search and collect, week in week out, as much plastic and fishing debris from our coastline and seas, because marine life does not get a break from the litter we leave behind that threatens their survival,’ he added.