The world's ocean are indeed awash with plastics (ahem) as well as
'nurdles', the pea-sized microparticles that are precursors of plastics
production. Surprisingly, we can do something practical about them. If you
live in Melbourne, the Port Phillip EcoCentre would love your help with its
nurdle monitoring project.
Otherwise, this is a pretty good website to inform yourself of the problem:
Another initiative to combat litter on Melbourne's beaches is 'Beach
Patrol'. Once a month, each beach is cleaned for one hour by volunteers.
Each group has a different beach and postcode to clean so St Kilda is Beach
Patrol 3182, for instance. When you consider how much the sea life, the
little penguins, and the entire ecosystem has to gain from this, it really
makes sense. One hour a month - who doesn't watch more telly than that in a
day? Since February, Beach Patrol 3182 has collected over 700kg of rubbish.
Other parts of the Bay have similar groups.
https://www.facebook.com/events/562168023832499/ This link is to an event by
the EcoCentre on November 4, featuring the premiere of a documentary on
marine plastics. It's on their website.
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