The Two Oceans Aquarium will be hosting a beach cleanup at Soetwater Resort, Kommetjie, on Saturday, 17 September from 10h00 to 12h00 as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day.
The oceans have become garbage dumps for humans. It is estimated that 270000 tonnes of plastic is floating on the surface of the ocean. The statistics become even more frightening when one looks at the animal life being affected by ocean pollution. Ninety percent of all sea birds have ingested plastic and 700 marine species are threatened by ocean plastic. Furthermore 80% of the pollution found in the ocean, originates from land.
Katja Rockstroh, Education Operations Co-ordinator at the Two Oceans Aquarium and the organizer of the Aquarium’s cleanup on September 17, says: “Plastic pollution is a daunting problem, because once you see it, you see it everywhere. I firmly believe in the power of the individual, because a beach cleanup doesn’t just clean a beach but slowly changes the mind-set of individuals about their relationship with plastic.”
International Coastal Cleanup is an event that was started in 1986 and has since grown into a global initiative. Volunteers are issued with data cards and each item collected is recorded on these cards. After this worldwide event, the global data is collated. Eight hundred thousand volunteers collected more than 8 million kilograms of trash during last year’s cleanup. The most collected items were cigarette butts followed by plastic beverage bottles. Plastic shopping bags were number eight on the list of most collected items. Supporters can meet at the resort’s conference centre. Gloves, bags and data cards will be supplied. Please bring your own water, sunscreen and a hat.
For more information and to request your free entry voucher to the resort, call 021 418 3823; or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Without a voucher, a R12 entry fee will apply. The first 100 Aquarium members to arrive on the day will receive a free gift, and there will be a lucky draw for everyone who attends.
The Aquarium’s mobile puppet show will also be making an appearance!
For ideas and of ways in which you can help and join the fight against pollution, take a look at the Two oceans Aquarium’s Environmental Campaigns at www.aquarium.co.za.