2.This Meteorologist Teaches Floridians about Climate Change
3.Saving Baby Animals With the Milk Lab
4.Stress Testing Giant Sequoias | That's Amazing
5.Smashing the Appalachian Trail Speed Record With an Ultra-Distance Legend
6.Who Needs Roads When You Can Cruise Through Canals?
7.Preserving Prehistoric Lizards With the 'Iguanero'
8.Float Through Japan’s Floral Fairytale Wonderland
9.In France, This Chapel Rises From a Volcano
10.Sacred Hills: Preserving Lakota Sioux Culture in South Dakota
11.The Loneliest Tree in the World
12.Bread of the Earth: Baking with Lava
13.This Backward Snail Just Wants to Find Love
14.Fighting Plastic Pollution on Easter Island’s Shores
15.The Eco-Friendly Genius of 'Earthships' | That's Amazing
16.Artists of Our Natural World
17.Stranded on a Glacier in Iceland? Call This Number | That's Amazing
18.Oceanic Trouble? Summon These Aquanauts! | That's Amazing
19.The Guardians of Our Planet
21.Navigating Niagara Falls by Helicopter | That's Amazing
22.Photographing Liquid Mountains
23.The Life and Death Stakes of Weather in Space | That’s Amazing
24.These Ice Swimmers Battle Frozen Death with Every Stroke | That's Amazing
25.These Young Sisters Sent a Weather Balloon to Space | That’s Amazing
On the coast of the African country of Cape Verde, Alcindo Soares is hard at work. Soares dreamed to be a professional athlete since his youth, but he could not afford to pay for a gym on his construction worker salary. His solution? Build his own. But not in the way you might think.
Soares’ entire DIY gym is not only near the water on Santa Maria Beach, it’s also made completely from trash he’s collected from the ocean. But this is no skimpy gym. Soares has the works: weights, pull-up bar, benches and more. With the incredible ocean view, recycled materials and free access for the public, it could give Equinox a run for its money.
The best part of the outdoor gym is that it has helped declutter the beach dramatically. Soares says he feels a sense of pride when he sees the beach clean and is happy he can create the gym for not only himself but the rest of his community. Soares isn’t done with building the gym—as complete as it looks, it is still a work in progress, and he will continue to add to it as he cleans up the beach.
In 2010, 8 million tons of plastic debris ended up in the oceans, and that number is increasing. Soares is just one example of how individuals are helping to clean up our planet, there are many other individuals and groups on a mission to clean up our beaches and spread awareness of reducing single-use plastic.
Soares and several other people in Cape Verde take full advantage of the amazing DIY gym daily. He hopes to try to make the gym just a little bit better every day and use it for the rest of his life to reach his goal of becoming a professional athlete. Clean up the beach, get in a workout, then a quick swim in the ocean—what could be better?
Santa Maria, Cape VerdeFull Map
7 videos | 21 min
5 videos | 14 min
5 videos | 15 min
2 videos | 2 min