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Students Dive to the Rescue

Along the coast of Kuwait, the Guardians of the Sea are performing nearly-super-heroic feats of environmental protection. In October they lifted a 400-ton shipwreck from the seabed off Al-Dhbahia. But unlike conventional superheroes, these guardians—aka the Kuwait Dive Team–don’t swoop down in capes. Rather, members of the Beach Cleanup Mobile Unit show up to clean up in a funky bus painted with a sunlit wave, part of a visual campaign to promote environmental awareness and volunteering among kids.

Established in the late 80s, the team and its partner, the Environmental Voluntary Foundation, grew with the need for coastal recovery after the Iraqi invasion. In their most recent effort, which runs until March 2014, 500 students from 12 public schools on the Abraj coast are helping remove waste left by visitors on beaches to make them safe for sea birds and other coastal creatures. A previous cleanup in October removed tires, nets, and debris from shipwrecks on Ushairaij coast.

For more info – the Dive Team’s website

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Jennifer MacKenzie

Poet, writer and teacher Jennifer MacKenzie grew up on Bloomcrest Dr. in Bloomfield Hills, MI, which inspired her to wonder about places with patterns other than floral. Following her education at Wesleyan University's College of Letters and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, she followed a zig-zag course that included a pilgrimage across the top of Spain and a long sojourn in Syria in pursuit of the language of Muhammad al-Maghout and Moudthaffar al-Nawwab. While in Damascus she completed the books of poems "Distant City" and "My Not-My Soldier" (forthcoming from Fence Books) and edited the magazine Syria Today. Her poems and essays can be found in numerous journals including the Kenyon Review online, Guernica, Quarterly West, and Lungfull. She currently lives in New York.

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