- Thursday 13 July 2017
Environmentalist and eco-enterprise founder, Tim Silverwood, has been on a mission to reduce plastic pollution entering beaches and waterways around the world for the last six years.
Today, he joined Sunshine Coast students at a Unitywater-sponsored beach clean-up event to reduce the amount of plastics along a local beach at Coolum.
“I’ve been travelling to a lot of places raising awareness about this issue and I’m really enthused by the Sunshine Coast community, particularly by the young people here- they really ‘get it’,” Tim said.
Unitywater Community Relations Specialist Kate Cash said: “As part of our Back to Tap campaign we are proud to be educating more than 1000 kids across the coast and Moreton Bay on the impacts of plastic waste on our waterways and environment.
“We’re committed to doing our bit to help reduce single use plastic and encourage people to get back to drinking tap water.”
Council’s support for Plastic Free July follows the conclusion of a year-long marine debris trial tracking the number of beach rubbish clean-up activities on the Coast.
In a period of just four months earlier this year, council waterway cleaning contractors, Ocean Crusaders, removed 3493 plastic bottles and 2659 plastic bags from our environment.
Tonight Tim will host a Q&A session with local expert panel and a free community screening of his film, Plastic Ocean at Immanuel College.
Environment Councillor Jenny McKay praised the efforts of local residents who worked to protect our local beaches and waterways and urged the wider community to get involved.
“Council truly appreciated the work of so many dedicated volunteer groups and we continue to invest programs designed to minimise waste, but if we are to keep our beaches looking beautiful, and protect our marine life, we need to really work as a community,” Cr McKay said.