“We can make change from the comfort of our chairs, inside our shopping baskets and even whilst on the toilet. We don’t have to be activists.”
Since Swimming for Sharks I’ve been looking for something to sink my jaws into and this is it!
It’s an issue that is becoming more and more talked about in recent years – Plastic Pollution. This pollution is ravaging our seas, poisoning and choking life under and above the waves and it needs to stop. With our throw away culture we are worsening the problem, but luckily we can all do something about it without having to become activists. We can make change; from the comfort of our chairs, whilst filling our shopping baskets and even whilst we are on the toilet and in the shower! We can do this by boycotting single use plastic where we can. We can do this by spreading the word.
The project I am involved with currently is looking to award a special status to towns, city’s and villages in the UK that pledge to reduce their single use plastic consumption. This will be accessed by volunteer community leaders like me, by measuring up their progress against 5 objectives. Most of the work will be done by the community leaders in getting the targets met and collecting evidence for the award.
The five objectives are:
- To get local government on board to pass a motion and support the project
- To get local business on board to make simple swaps to reduce their single plastic consumption. This will make it easier for the consumers to go plastic free and make a big impact in the local area.
- To form allies, with local groups and people to promote the benefit of going Single use plastic Free and affect change.
- To plan events and talks to raise awareness of Plastic Pollution and what can be do to stem the tide.
- To arrange a steering group of interested and influential parties to assess how the project is going and bounce around ideas.
This is going to be a lot of work but I believe can and will make a big difference. If we can start at grass roots and try to make boycotting single use plastics easier for the consumer then that will really be a huge help in the fight against wasteland. For me the time and effort I will spend on this project is more than worth it. I have a voice, I have eyes open to the destruction plastic is doing to the environment. If I don’t get up and make a stand, who will? If we don’t all try to stem the plastic tide then that is all the ocean will become – plastic. Poisonous plastic. That is something as a species we cannot allow to happen. So even sitting on the toilet you can help fight pollution. You can do this by only flushing toilet paper and organic waste. You can do this by getting rid of plastic items in the bathroom. Together we can change the fate of the ocean for the better. So let’s do it! Lets make a pledge to help each other to try.
If you want more information about the Plastic Free Coastline Campaign please follow the links.