PLASTIC AWARENESS

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5 Things Clear

WHERE:

Dorset, United Kingdom

TYPE OF AWARENESS:

A pledge to make the world a cleaner place by picking up 5 pieces of plastic at a time. Why not give it a go?
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Started by Simon Jordan, 5ThingsClear works with many different groups, students and initiatives to break down the plastic problem and focus on the difference that picking up 5 pieces of litter can do. He is breaking the stigma attached to litter, showing people that litter picking is a positive activity, not something that should be given as a punishment. 

Clare Talks Rubbish

WHERE:

Brighton, United Kingdom

TYPE OF AWARENESS:

Ocean advocate, speaker, explorer and life coach connecting stories and experiences with podcasts, beach clean and activism
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Clare Talks Rubbish is a podcast that inspires change for the natural and built environment. Through her podcasts, she aims to connect and share people's stories who are pioneering positive change for the environment. Clare aims to redefine what is possible through individuals assuming global responsibility.

10 Billion Strong

WHERE:

Los Angeles, USA

TYPE OF AWARENESS:

Providing passionate environmentalists the support, advice and mentoring to materialise projects related to environmental activism

10 Billion Strong is an organization that inspires, trains, and supports the next generation of global environmental sustainability leaders. Through local chapters, training programs, and strategic partnerships, we are building a global community that shares best practices, elevates innovative solutions, and imagines a planet for works for all life

Local in PTY

Santiago Insuasti (Galápagos FanDive)

Iván Vasquez (Iguanamanarts)

Waste Action Tribe

WHERE:

Panama City, Panama

TYPE OF AWARENESS:

Victor Peretz is a local Panamanian who leads tours into areas of Panama City that are safe, but still heaily stigmatised. He uses that income to fund an education program for the children from El Chorillo. 
Victor runs an educational program, LocalinPTY Kids which mobilises children from El Chorillo to learn English as well as important environmental issues, including about plastic pollution. Panama was the first Central American country to ban plastic bags, but many individuals are unaware of why they were banned. Targetting children as well as organising regular women groups, he uses his passion for the environment to educate others in his local community. 

WHERE:

San Cristobal, Galapagos

TYPE OF AWARENESS:

Iván Vasquez "Iguanaman" is an avid naturalist filmmaker and environmentalist from the Galápagos
Ivan is currently in the process of creating a documentary showcasing the plastic and waste problems on islands that he calls home, the Galapagos. Aside from showing the extent of the problem, he shares PLASTIC:Unwrapped's aim to feature and promote individual action as well as show how different individuals have come up with their own creative solutions to clean up Galapagos.  

WHERE:

San Cristobal, Galapagos

TYPE OF AWARENESS:

Organising activities and beach cleans to youth and tourists on San Cristobal Island, Galapagos.
 
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As a tour and diving guide, Santiago Insuasti uses his positionality and invites all tourist that he takes on tours to participate in beach cleans. The most common macro plastic that he encounters is from foreign fishing vessels that are just outside the marine reserve. These are most commonly water bottles, juice boxes and fishing nets and fibres. He is committed to a lot of community work by getting the youth engaged in beach cleans and hands-on activities that allow them to first-hand witness the extent of the problem.

WHERE:

Durban, South Africa

TYPE OF AWARENESS:

Lindsay Hopkins organises like-minded organisations to join in beach cleans and focus on the circular economy.
With so many different initiatives out there doing beach cleans, WAT aims to create a platform that collates and shares all the activities taking place. In doing so, they spend a lot of their efforts on educating individuals and tackling plastic pollution at the source through community engagement, activism and awareness.