This year, the Taiwan National Cleanup Day was scheduled to run on the 20th May 2018. What preceded was to be months of planning, running around, last minute cancellations and meltdowns. In the end, how did it all go? Continue reading “Taiwan National Cleanup 2018 – The Results”
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart” – Elizabeth Andrew
Come join us for this year’s 2018 National Cleanup Day in Taiwan – Sunday 20th May Continue reading “The Taiwan National Cleanup Day – 20th May 2018”
Recently, I was invited to attend the Ocean Summit in Hong Kong, part of the Volvo Ocean Race. One of the tools they shared with us was this practical guide to ‘Turning the Tide on Plastics”. I thought it nice to share with you guys! Continue reading “Turning the Tide on Plastics #Cleanseas”
It was Sunday, the 22nd October 2017 and beach cleaning day! A chance to give back to our environment and also to catch up with some good friends. No-one could have imagined what was about to happen next. And it was only after we arrived at Jinshan beach did we learn the truth about plastic. Continue reading “After the Storm – The Inconvenient Truth About Plastic Pollution”
A friend of mine recently made an interesting point, “Why do you still bother beach cleaning? More trash will just get washed up the next day and your efforts don’t make any difference in the big scheme of things!”
Fair enough! But then it got me thinking about why I still bother after 3 years of cleaning? Continue reading “Beach Cleaning – What’s the Point Actually?”
On the 27th May 2017 the Australian documentary, A Plastic Ocean, was premiered in Taipei. Translated into traditional Chinese especially for our event, more than 250 people arrived to watch one of the most powerful stories concerning the global issue of plastic pollution in our oceans. Continue reading “A Plastic Ocean – Taiwanese Premiere”
Recently, we have been lucky enough to go exploring. First to Sanya, on the tropical Island of Hainan, located off the South coast of the China. Then, to a small town called El Nino in Palawan, Philippines. These islands, a little over 1000 km’s from each other, are both nestled in the South China sea. Even, though they share a lot of similarities, there are some very different attitudes about plastic pollution.
It was cold and raining which can only mean one thing, beach cleaning day!!
Another great event organised by 陳信助 and joined by over 60 volunteers. We were all greeted by a mountain of trash!
Continue reading “Beach Cleaning – Wanlei District, Taiwan”
In Taiwan, the 28th February 2017 was designated as Peace Memorial Day (二二八事件). On the 28th February 1947, an anti-government uprising in Taiwan was violently suppressed by the Kuomintang-led Republic of China government, which killed thousands of civilians. What better day then to go clean some beaches and help give something back to the Taiwanese people. Continue reading “Beach Cleaning – Keelong, Taiwan”
Maybe 2016 will be remembered as the year of ‘The Trump’ and the global rise of the “Alt Right” political movement. Perhaps this is a predictable response by people ignored for generations by the political and wealthy elites and threatened by global expansion and global catastrophes. Or maybe people will remember the seemingly high numbers of famous people who passed. Luminaries such as Prince and Bowie, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Leonard Cohen and Harper Lee, Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, George Micheal, Mohammed Ali and most recently Carrie Fisher. Perhaps though, their spirits were buoyed by the ratification of the Paris Agreement. This landmark agreement is designed to hold the world to task. From it, we hope to create a strategy to mitigate the worst effects of global warming with a challenge to limit the rise to under 2 degs C.
For me though, it was something else that resonated. Something so profound, I know it will stick with me for the rest of my life.