Links to more information on marine environmental awareness, research and community action
(as mentioned during my recent performance of Threshold:NRC in June at PACT theatre, Sydney)
Sign up to my monthly e-newsletter to receive more information about marine environmental conservation action, research and events. I'll also keep you updated on ways you can participate in strategies impact more positively on Sydney-based marine and harbour systems.
I also hold workshops in marine environmental awareness from an embodied approach and will include these in the monthly mail outs.
What can I do right now around the urgent issue of plastic debris?
- The amount of plastic we use daily can be radically reduced through simply becoming more aware of what we buy. It is a supply by demand world, so becoming more mindful of not demanding wasteful products is a very pivotal first step.
- Say no to plastic bags and single use plastic. We need to put a wedge in between mindless shopping and mindful shopping.
- If you see any discarded plastic anywhere pick it up. Have a spare bag handy to put it in until you find a yellow top or other recycling bin.
- Don't not purchase any fruit and veggies wrapped in plastic (this is a very new phenomena and we need to show our disapproval through not purchasing fresh produce wrapped in plastic).
- Chose wooden toys for your children and pets. Get resourceful, make them!
- Find other uses for the plastic refuse - I'll soon make up a list of the creative and long term things you can do with certain plastic items in our homes.
- Use glass jars to keep food fresh in your fridge.
- Do not buy water in plastic bottles!
- Numerous environmental scientists and renowned conservation agencies have said we currently have enough plastic manufactured (existing) in the world to last several lifetimes (over 400 years!), if better collection and recycling facilities and methods were immediately put in place. Expense is no excuse - it is a false economy argument!
- Get more knowledge through watching key documentaries and encourage friends to watch them too. In fact, why not organise a dinner party around watching one or two? Become part of the discussion by facilitating it and help generate a move towards solutions.
- And here are 5 tips from Project Aware regarding single-use plastics - https://www.projectaware.org/news/goodbye-single-use-plastic
Put pressure on all politicians to take action:
- Take photos of plastic debris, especially large-scale and around any waterways and send them into that local council and ask what they're doing about it. The ocean refuses no river, and as such, it cannot refuse the plastic flowing within them - but we can.
- Write to your local member and ask them to do all they can to engage in better recycling processes and to bring it to parliament as a major issue we need to address in our greater societal practices. Demand they spend the money to build far more effective recycling systems and strategies like other progressive countries are. Bring our plastic recycling percentage closer to 100% than its current 40%!
Web Resources - Australian and international agencies / groups:
Glenn Albrecht's Psychoterratica - http://www.psychoterratica.com/
Queers of Submersion - https://www.facebook.com/groups/queersofsubmersion/
Australian Marine Conservation Society - https://www.marineconservation.org.au/
Australian Marine Conservation Society - sustainable seafood guide app for smart phones - https://www.sustainableseafood.org.au/
Project Aware - https://www.projectaware.org/
Project Aware's Annual Environmental Report - https://www.projectaware.org/news/2017-impact-report
Manly Environment Centre - http://mec.org.au/
Marina Debris - http://www.washedup.us/
Responsible Runners - http://www.responsiblerunners.org/
Two hands project - http://www.twohandsproject.org/
Take 3 - https://www.take3.org/about/
National Marine Research Centre Coffs Harbour - https://www.scu.edu.au/national-marine-science-centre/
SIMS (Sydney Institute of Marine Studies) - http://sims.org.au/
IMAS (Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies) - http://www.imas.utas.edu.au/
IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) - https://www.iucn.org/
ACIUCN (Australian Committee for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature) - http://aciucn.org.au/
leading and reputable documentaries and other videos:
Planet Ocean - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH1s9GCqPKo
Shark Water - https://sharkwater.com/
Trashed - http://www.trashedfilm.com/
Glenn Albrecht TED talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GUGW8rOpLY
End of the Line - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1176727/
Blue - http://www.transmissionfilms.com.au/films/blue
Cowspiracy - http://www.cowspiracy.com/
Chasing Ice - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIZTMVNBjc4