ACTION AGAIN PLASTICS AND POLLUTION

Volunteer on projects that are addressing the issue of the global plastic pollution crisis. You can also help with implementing recycling measures in communities that aren't aware of the dangers they're contributing to.

WHY IS PLASTIC A GLOBAL PROBLEM

In just six decades 8.3 billion tons of plastic were produced with only roughly 9% recycled and 79% discarded in landfills or the natural environment.

It is predicted that by 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic waste than fish!

Many wealthy countries send their recyclable waste to developing countries because it's cheap, it helps meet recycling targets and it reduces domestic landfills. The problem is that many developing countries have limited waste management facilities which mean the millions of tonnes of plastic sent abroad for recycling may end up being dumped in landfill and into our oceans.

(Data obtained from BBC and National Geographic)

The Problem for our oceans:

As Sir David Attenborough told us during Blue Planet 2:

  • Turtles eat plastic bags mistaking them for jellyfish
  • Seabirds are found with their stomachs full of plastic items
  • Plastic debris can get lodged in coral and affect the health of reefs
  • Microplastics are consumed by animals like plankton, passing the problem back up the food chain – to us.

You can make a difference and help to reduce this problem by volunteering on one of the projects below. These are selected projects who are making an effort to combat plastics pollution and other types of pollution.

How? Through instigating recycling programs, implementing recycling centres, clearing local beaches and waterways, and, very importantly, educating the local communities on the dangers of the pollution their actions are increasing.

AVAILABLE PROGRAMMES:

Sustainability Workshop on Plastics Pollution and Recycling efforts in Thailand

THAILAND:
SUSTAINABILITY WORKSHOP: Help Combat Plastic Pollution and Increase Recycling in Singbury
What if we could use the trash of today to power workshops where young people can work on the solutions for tomorrow!

You can help this project to instigate a programme to reduce plastics pollution and increase recycling in the local community. You help collect and sort trash along local streets and rivers, then extract valuable plastic and use it to create new items.

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                    with Dolphins in Western Australia

CONSERVATION: Volunteer with Dolphins in Bunbury in Western Australia
Up close and personal with wild Dolphins!! Help at a non-profit Centre committed to dolphin research, education, conservation and tourism. The Centre is also committed to fighting the scourge of plastics polution in the ocean which is affecting the dolphins and other marine life in the are.

There are up to 100 dolphins living in the Bay. The project runs from 1 October to 31 May every year.

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