Coming to a screen near you this Plastic Free July, the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation proudly present a series of free webinars exploring ocean inspiration as well as the issues and solutions involved with plastics in the environment. Join us and our special ocean ambassador guests to hear more about how your choices connect you to the ocean and what you can do to be part of the solution.
There are only 90 spaces each available for these webinars. All webinars are free to attend.
Webinar 1: Inspired to protect
The opening act on 2 July 2020 features Maryke Musson, CEO, and Hayley McLellan, Environmentalist, of the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation.
They will provide an inspiring look at why the oceans need our help, right now.
Maryke is deeply passionate about the ocean and about inspiring people through storytelling, film and art; and through education, conservation and research. She has worked in the marine field for more than 25 years in research, aquaculture, and aquariums. Says Maryke, “So few people get the opportunity to witness the magic that is under the surface of the ocean. How can we expect people to care about the ocean if they do not know about it? Connecting people to the ocean so that they can be inspired to protect, respect and love it is my life’s work.”
Hayley is the driving force behind the Rethink the Bag campaign which she launched in 2011. She has inspired countless South Africans through hundreds of presentations at schools, festivals, in board rooms, churches, spas, libraries, hotels and packed auditoriums, urging them to say “No” to single use plastic shopping bags, with the aim of creating a plastic shopping bag free South Africa.
About Plastic Free July
Plastic Free July is a global campaign to encourage individuals around the world to be part of the solution and to beat plastic pollution in the environment. Estimates are that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean, by weight, than fish. From the tiniest organism to the largest ocean behemoths, plastic poses a threat to all organisms in the ocean. Over a million seabirds are killed each year due to plastic pollution and with over 51 trillion pieces of microplastics in the sea, microscopic plankton are feeding on plastic which causes the plastic to enter the food chain… Our food chain.
At the Two Oceans Aquarium, we experience the destruction caused by plastic pollution first-hand, and we want you to help us to be part of the solution. The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation is the registered non-profit and public benefit partner of the Two Oceans Aquarium and focuses on four main focus areas: ocean conservation, awareness, research and education.