Flying into Christmas Island you are struck by its isolation, out in the middle of nowhere,surrounded by so much ocean. From the air, it looks like a lush green paradise jutting up from the sea. It truly is the most amazing place; tropical jungle, crabs and sea birds everywhere, incredible coral reefs and sheer limestone cliffs surrounded by so much ocean. Unfortunately, like everywhere in the world, it is not immune to the impacts of marine debris. I was here to take part in the Indian Ocean Territories Marine Debris Project, joining a group of self-funded volunteers donating our time to clean up paradise. Read more “A Week in Paradise”
In April, Tangaroa Blue Foundation and We-Refill joined together for a beach clean-upduring BluesFest,one of Australia’s longest-running and largest music festivals. The clean-up event was part of the global launch of the #BYOBottle campaign, and they had a little help from their friends. While bands were playing and festival-goers were reveling, a few stars took some time out to join a crew of volunteers to give back. Read more “Stars Shine a Light on Marine Debris”
Great news! Single-use plastics will no longer be issued from Victoria’s Bayside Council’s Corporate Centre and libraries by the end of June this year.
Other Council-owned properties such as community centres and senior citizen centres will stop using single-use plastics by the end of June 2020 as Council commits to a future of zero single-use plastics.
This great initiative was proposed by Elizabeth Jensen President of Marine Care Ricketts Point who explained: “Beach Patrol volunteers spend countless hours cleaning rubbish from our beaches. By far the single biggest waste item we collect is plastics. Over 95% of rubbish on our beaches comes from the rivers and stormwater drains of Port Phillip Bay. This decision will help save our marine life and keep our beaches safe.” Read more “Zero Plastics by Mid-2020”