Guess who came to school today on World Ocean Day to talk to the students about plastic waste?! Yes polymer Pixie made out of plastic waste ! It was great to chat about how we are going to deal with the volume of plastic waste and how companies like Prevented Ocean Plastic are collecting oceanbound plastics and turning it into into recycled plastic. Thus keeping it out of the ocean!
Pixie’s next book which is currently in production and will be published very SOON is called Pixie Van Dimple and the Wrong Kind of Plastic. It features Pixie Van Dimple in an epic ocean Armageddon, a drama caused by a rising tidal wave of plastic pollution! Will she survive? You may well ask!! But the message is clear; we cannot wait to deal with this issue, we have to act now!
If like the majority of us, you read lots of news articles about plastic pollution and see lots of posts about it on social media, then you are probably confused about how we can all help to deal with it individually and as groups and as companies, aside from government intervention and policymaking, which needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency!
Pixie Van Dimple also recommends you listen to Tom Peacock-Nazil on Spotify and check out the Seven Clean Seas website to see what fantastic work they are doing in Asia tacking plastic pollution issues, where there is a relentless and serious problem around coastal areas and waterways. Seven Clean Seas have devised clever solutions in the way of offsetting, which can be accessed by larger municipalities and also the smaller ones such as small islands who may not have so much in the way of funding for the schemes. Over time the capital invested pays for itself with the offsetting initiatives.
Tom is interviewed by Stephanie Dickson who says ‘we dive into the scale of plastic pollution in our oceans and the trajectory we’re on if things don’t change, what plastic offsetting is, where individuals and companies can put their effort, and being an accidental environmentalist’ !
Tom gives us a really illuminating account of where we are with plastic pollution, the impact it is having on the environment, explaining in plain terms what the issues are, what his thoughts are about what we hear about plastic pollution in the media, Seaspiracy and how to navigate a way through to get a clear idea of the facts and how we can develop solutions to stem the tide of plastic waste which is forecast to rise incrementally year on year to humongous, wholly unmanageable levels unless we take action NOW! Everyone needs to listen in but more significantly, we need to raise awareness in schools to make sure that the issues continue to be tackled, and we continue to talk about it!
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