Beaches from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast have 11.6 items of plastic rubbish per square metre, on average, contributing to almost 14 thousand tons of rubbish entering the ocean from Australia’s coastline on an annual basis (CSIRO 2016). As they travel out to sea, plastics get ground down into small, hard cubes, which are consumed by marine animals. More than 600 marine species are known to have ingested plastic at all trophic levels, from small plankton to whales.
Most of this waste is coming from Australia, rather than overseas, which means that local people can do something about it. With global production of plastic increasing exponentially, the amount of plastic entering the ocean is likely to get much bigger. It’s important to understand the role that both consumers and businesses play in the plastic waste cycle so that, together, we can reduce the amount of plastic finding its way into marine environments.
Join the movement to raise awareness of plastic waste, its effect on marine environments, and reduce every day dependence on plastics at our free Prevent Plastic Pollution event, this September 22-24, 2017.
All activities, except the beach clean, will be held at the Alexandra Headland SLSC, 167 Alexandra Parade.
Friday 22 September
- 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Screening of From the Waste Up film and presentations from the Surfrider Foundation Sunshine Coast and Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Campaign.
Saturday 23 September
- 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Workshops for all ages to upcycle and repurpose plastic waste and reduce the need to buy new plastics.
- 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Trivia Night to test participants knowledge of the waste cycle, the effects of plastic on marine environments, and the different ways to reduce plastic waste. Prizes for first, second and third place.
Sunday 24 September
- 9 AM – 11 AM: Beach Clean to survey and remove marine debris, including plastics. At La Balsa Park on Harbour Parade, Buddina.
This event is kindly sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Council, USC Student Guild, and the Alexandra Headland SLSC