After a wave of plastic-strewn ocean water washed over him, Senegalese surfer, Babacar Thiaw, decided to act. He turned his business, Copacabana Surf Village, a restaurant and surf school, into a hub for eco-surfers. Aside from offering surf lessons, he now organizes beach clean-ups and environmental courses for children. And the restaurant is now Senegal's first zero-waste restaurant. The work can be challenging, people were questioning his approach. But he feels it is crucial, especially in a city where people are closely tied to the sea.

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