Sometimes the numbers are so staggering that you just want to stick your head in the sand and pretend you didn’t know that:
- every decade, the global production of plastic doubles;
- it’s almost impossible to live a plastic-free life;
- plastic can potentially last “forever” and yet 33% is single-use – used once then thrown away;
- there is an estimated 270 000 tons of plastic floating in the ocean;
- 700 different marine species are threatened by the presence of plastic;
- by 2050, almost every individual seabird on the planet will have plastic in its body.
While discarded fishing gear (aka ghost gear) and trash thrown overboard while at sea do form part of the problem, the fact is that 80% of all ocean pollution originates on land. That’s why it’s so important – in addition to trying to come up with inventive (and eco-viable) ways to clean up the garbage already out there – to stop the crisis in its tracks: on the beach.
Join us for International Coastal Cleanup Day 2016
If you live in Cape Town, or anywhere near a body of water, then a cleanup day is just the thing to get the crew together and do some good, as a unit, to make a real difference for the future. The annual International Coastal Cleanup Day, a 31-year-old global day of action started by the Ocean Conservancy (OC), is happening on 17 September and you (and everyone you know) are invited to join us.
Put on some gloves (which we will supply), find an item of litter, log it (on a data sheet, which we will also supply), trash it in designated bags (yes, also supplied by us), clean the beach, do good, and have fun doing it (we promise you will). The OC gathers data from around the world to paint a picture not only of the extent and nature of marine litter, but also a picture of what can be achieved when people work together on just one day a year.
We love the Cape coast and we pick a special spot every year to mark International Coastal Cleanup Day. This year we are cleaning up at Soetwater Environmental Education Centre in beautiful Kommetjie on 17 September from 10am. The first 100 Aquarium members to arrive on the day will receive a free gift, and there’ll be a lucky draw for everyone who attends. Our mobile puppet show will be making an appearance too!
Be sure to email us if you’re coming so we can issue you with an entry voucher for the day – otherwise a R12 entry fee will apply.
- Date: 17 September 2016
- Time: 10h00 till 12h00
- Place: Soetwater Environmental Education Centre, Kommetjie**
**Important: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are coming so that we can issue you with an entrance voucher for the day. Otherwise you will have to pay a R12 entrance fee.
- Bring: A resusable water bottle and sunscreen/hat.