Here foto’s of the actions taken place on June, 1st and on the Internationale Rotary Convention 2019 @Hamburg. For full album go to the album page.
Meanwhile in hamburg at the International Rotary Convention, June 1 -5
Why this day?
Plastic waste in the oceans is a major global problem. The oceans constitute 72% of the earth’s surface and are our primary oxygen suppliers. More and more plastics are floating in our oceans and seas. It comes from rubbish that we throw away on the street, in rivers, fishnets that are discarded, from washing synthetic clothing, brushing our teeth, etc. All these different types of plastic combined form the plastic soup in the seas. Weathering, sunlight and wave action break down large pieces into small bits. This causes serious pollution. And, because plastic is non-biodegradable, the plastic soup is lethal for many marine animals. Most of the pollution comes from land. At least 80% of the plastic rubbish in the oceans is dumped by industry and by people on land. It is carried to the sea by rivers, canals, harbour and the wind. So how we prevent plastic from ending up in the oceans is also a question mankind should pose itself.
The promo made by Rotary International for the International Rotary Convention 2019 in Hamburg:
End Plastic Soup
To create awareness of this global plastic problem we have launched a new Rotary initiative that hopefully will go global: Rotary End Plastic Soup. Twelve Rotary Clubs of D1580 – Amsterdam have launched EPS on the 2nd of June 2018. About 200 Rotarians and schoolchildren went fishing plastic waste from the canals in Amsterdam, collecting this plastic for recycling purposes. The launch was preceded by a lively debate on what the role of Rotary Clubs and members in tackling the plastic problem could be. Members of many international Rotary Clubs were attending.
With the start of End Plastic Soup we want to create an international movement to connect initiatives, local, regional, international, come up with new idea’s and solutions, use our influence and power to connect for this major problem. We started the campaign in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and have the ambition to make the 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide aware of the immense problem of plastic waste. We will offer existing organizations that are fighting plastic an international platform; we connect (local) initiatives with each other and broaden it to an international level. With this we give the plastic problem a broad dimension. Together we go for a clean ocean! We will end the plastic soup together!
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We want to address this global problem and help solving it. Of course we all have to use less plastic, for example by using a refillable bottle, our capper, a lunchbox, a cotton bag and by separating waste, preventing stray plastic, etc. In addition we like individual Rotary Clubs to see where they can help solving this immense problem, with 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide we should succeed. That is why we started the End Plastic Soup movement on June 2, 2018, with over 200 Rotarians from D1580 and a 100 children from the Weekend Academy in the Amsterdam canals to fish for plastic! Check this video or the photoshoot.
Plastic waste is not an easy problem to tackle. Creating awareness is the most important challenge: people all over the world should know about the dangers of plastic waste. Secondly, concrete measures have to be taken to clean the oceans, to minimize the amount of waste reaching the seas and to reduce the use and production of harmful plastics. As local Rotary Clubs we may be instrumental to an increase in awareness in our communities. After all, cleaning and prevention measures have to be taken both at a national and international level. That is where our network comes into the picture.