Local heroes Aaniyah Omardien, Founder and Director of The Beach Co-op, and Jackie May, Founder and Editor of Twyg, will facilitate a discussion on the film The Story of Plastic which premiered on Earth Day this year. They will be joined by guests Hayley McLellan, Environmentalist for the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, and 15-year old Jade Bothma, Founder of Oceano Reddentes.
The Story of Plastic visits three continents and takes a look at the plastic pollution which is choking our streams, rivers and oceans, piling up on every piece of land, and pollution our skies. Interviews with activists and experts reveal the magnitude of the problem facing us and also the ground swell of individuals and organisations who are rising up to confront this challenge head on.
Aaniyah founded The Beach Co-op, a non-profit, after spending hours cleaning up the rocky shore of Muizenberg Beach where she also spends time in the water surfing. Aaniyah is driven to connect people to the ocean and a means of doing this is through beach cleanups. She says, “We are bringing people together who care for our environment, the good of the people and the planet.” In 2019 The Beach Co-op hosted 59 cleanups which were attended by 3 507 people and collected and catalogued six tonnes of waste.
Twyg is a non-profit organisation which focuses on modern eco-conscious living. Founder and Editor Jackie is committed to inspiring sustainable and ethical living, change of behaviour and circular design through stories about fashion, food and places. In 2019 she launched the Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards. For this Plastic Free July Twyg co-presents the Refashion Plastic Project with the Beach Co-op and Studio Biru – you can learn more about this exciting initiative when you join us for our final webinar on 30 July 2020.
ade Bothma, a 15-year-old resident from Capri, started beach cleanups two years ago and has hosted 20 cleanups since then. She is the founder of Oceano Reddentes. Says Jade, “‘There is a very large amount of plastic in the sea that comes from our rivers, stormwater drains and people littering on land. The earth is our home, so we need to take care of it before it is too late. I urge all residents to try and reduce their reliance on single use plastic and to try to pick up just two pieces of plastic every time they go outside”.
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.