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. more “After the Storm – The Inconvenient Truth About Plastic Pollution”
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. more “A Plastic Ocean – Taiwanese Premiere”
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. more “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.
I like to travel. It has probably been my most enjoyable pastime. Ever since I can remember, I was always wanting to escape from my house or school and explore the world. I started small of course, exploring the woods at the back of my house, building tree houses and pretending to be an adventurer. Gradually, as the wanderlust continued to grow, my trips become more adventurous and moved farther afield.
Acadamy award winner Leonardo DiCaprio and Director Fisher Stevens have recently completed a new feature-length documentary examining the impacts of global climate change.
The film follows DiCaprio and Stevens across the world where they discuss the impacts of the momentous changes currently underway, with world leaders such as Barack Obama and Bill Clinton as well as climate scientists and academics. more “Leonardo DiCaprio’s – Before the Flood”
The world’s largest crochet plastic sea turtle began life as an idea a short time after artist Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang had moved to Thailand, witnessing first hand the destruction of marine habitats
through plastic pollution, over-fishing, poor marine management, ocean acidification and the impacts of global warming. more “The World’s Largest Crochet Sea Turtle”
Researchers at the Ellen Macarthur Foundation have found that by 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean (by weight), than fish (Source: The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics). This could be up to an astonishing 900 million tonnes of plastic. more “Do you want plastic with that?”
An international group of 90 NGO’s has recently come together to lay out a vision for a future free from plastic pollution. Including some of the global leading organisations such as Greenpeace, Oceana, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Friends of the Earth and the Taiwan Watch Institute, the Break Free from Plastic Coalition is looking to raise the awareness of plastic pollution and the increasing impact it is having on the earth’s ecosystems. more “A New Major Global Plastic Free Movement”
Sometimes, it is hard to believe that the problems with plastic are as drastic as some people say. So just how big a problem do we have?
Below is a fantastic graphic by CustomMade in Partnership with Ghergich & Co, which gives a great visual on the scale of the problem we face. Take a look and see what you think. more “Are things spiralling out of control….”