Normally, we see penguins within a white, frigid, but pristine Antarctic habitat. However, as the plastic pollution problem grows, we are finding that this man-made material has made its way to the farthest reaches of our planet. To drive home this point, the World Wild Life Fund- Italia, created a FAKE video showing a small colony of Gentoo penguins living on a plastic island in the South Pacific. This digitally manipulated video was created to portray the global reach and insidious consequences of the world’s addiction to plastic. It asks the audience to imagine this as our future.
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I hope that you have been giving thought to “How am I going to explain this all to my kids.” Here’s the solution, in a cute but very informative, 3 minute slideshow “Tiki the penguin” explains much of what you need to know about the plastic pollution problem. Even adults can learn from Tiki.
Tiki carries it one further and explains what everyone can do to reduce plastic, it’s very helpful. So as Tiki the penguin says “let’s make a kinder world for everyone, including all kids everywhere.”
Washed Ashore Plastic Becomes Art
Meet Angela Haseltine Pozzi, she also loves penguins and is an artist and founder of the Washed Ashore Project. Based in Oregon, Angela decided to do something about the alarming amount of plastic debris she observed washing up on her beloved beaches. (photos – Washedashore.org)
Since beginning in 2010, Washed Ashore has collected tons of plastic waste from those beaches, turning pollution into monumental artworks that have captured the attention and imagination of all that have seen them.
The giant artworks are now part of a traveling exhibit, presently at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois. Visit Angela and meet all of the marine creatures created by Washed Ashore on their website. We hope that you will see and read much more from Angela and Washed Ashore at Blue Ocean in the near, future.
The Edinburgh Zoo Plays Penguin
Pedro the Plastic Penquin and Vicky the vegware penquin greet visitors to the Edinburgh Zoo to raise awareness and offer ideas on alternatives to single-use plastics. It’s all part of the “Have You Got The Bottle “ campaign that has introduced a deposit system to inspire the return of plastic, glass and metal drink containers and reduce litter. Polling has indicated that so far the public is overwhelmingly in favor of the project’s goals. (photo – Edinburgh Zoo)
Plastic Bag Bans Really Work!
We have been hearing a lot, recently about bans being imposed on the use of plastic bags, but do they work? A new study from the UK says they do, pointing out that there are significantly fewer plastic bags on the seafloor since fees on these single-use items were put in place by European countries. Denmark and Ireland first introduced levies on plastic bags in 2003. Additional European countries, including England joined the initiative in 2015 and 2016.
As part of a 25 year study between 1992 and 2017, that included 39 independent surveys, researchers now estimate that there has been a 30 percent drop in the number of plastic bags, actually found on the seabeds of the North Sea, English Channel, Celtic Sea and Irish Sea.
“We observed sharp declines in the percentage of plastic bags as captured by fishing nets trawling the seafloor around the UK compared to 2010 and this research suggests that by working together we can reduce, reuse and recycle to tackle the marine litter problem” said Thomas Maes, Marine Litter Scientist at CEFAS.
What You Can Do!
Join One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic Movement! and learn about the 5 ways that you can #CrushPlastic in Your Daily Life. The steps are easy to follow, everyone can do this. They explain that although using plastics is convenient, “marine animal extinction is the real cost of that convenience.”
“Plastic is ubiquitous in modern society and seemingly unavoidable. But is it worth risking the lives of marine species, the health of the oceans and our own future in the name of convenience? By taking baby steps to minimize hidden plastics in our lives, we can crush plastic at its source and help the world take a giant collective leap into a better future,” said Nil Zacharias, Co-Founder of One Green Planet.
“As the leading organization at the forefront of the conscious consumerism movement, One Green Planet believes that reducing hidden plastics from our lives is not about giving up anything or sacrificing convenience, but rather learning to reap the maximum benefit from the items you use every day while having the minimum impact.”
Could not have said it better myself.
By Robert Frerck, Blue Ocean Network
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