At 1st March 2022 the kickoff of the international Advisory Board for EndPlasticSoup took place.
In two meetings we discussed several topics regarding latest developments to reduce plastic pollution, how to increase cooperation and how to grow our initiative:
- The UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution just signed in Nairobi by 175 countries. Dr. Janet Kabeberi-Macharia from Kenya explained the agreement and we will further discuss how Rotary and EndPlasticSoup can accelerate legislation and increase the impact there-off. Dr. Janet Kabeberi-Macharia will tell more about the UN Treaty during the webinar at the 1st of April 5 pm CEST.
- The importance of education for the youth and the next generation to learn about new ways to prevent and solve plastic pollution, and how Young Ambassadors can be role models to grow Rotaract champions. At 21st May we organize an international meeting for Interactors with the inspiration of our Young Ambassadors.
- To implement impactful Global Grant projects, include education & awareness, and to back to the Root cause of plastic pollution. Reduce, re-use and recycle as part of (zero-)waste management.
- Our structure and approach with Ambassador Clubs in every District, and how to grow Friends and Supporter Clubs bottom-up and influence the Rotary priorities via the independent Clubs.
- To grow cooperation internal Rotary, e.g. with Adopt a River projects, and establish Alliances worldwide, like the UN Ocean Decade 2021-2030 to learn more about the importance of our oceans and how to tackle marine pollution.
In the second kickoff meeting Nils Tore Skogland introduced the recent version of the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD).
The FSSD can aid to create the future state of EndPlasticSoup: where are we now, where are we going, what steps to take:
- Reduce and stop using fossile materials, requiring different materials to replace plastics that are not biodegradable
- All waste should be useful ‘food’ for nature
- Protect natural areas, enable ecosystems regeneration
- Protect human needs, food, good health, and enable secure and meaningful lives.
The board will again gather in May to discuss this understanding into pragmatic steps forward.
Change our concept of collecting and throwing away. The true innovation challenge is to create value, broader than financial profit, and how to accelerate: getting this concept into motion, making it fun for everyone.