Tierra, plástico, tapetes, árboles, bolsas, unicel, agua… todo conviviendo en el mismo espacio.
Nosotros como habitantes de la Ciudad de México, una de las megalópolis más grandes del mundo, tenemos una gran responsabilidad en cuanto a los residuos que se generan al interior de la ciudad. Toda la basura que generamos día a día y sacamos de nuestras casas, desaparece de nuestra realidad cercana más no del plantea. Tristemente las áreas naturales y en particular los océanos se han convertido al pasar los años en los vertederos designados de todo aquello que llamamos basura. Las ciudades son en gran medida responsables sobre las graves afectaciones sobre ecosistemas terrestres y marinos a nivel nacional.
Earth, plastic, mats, trees, bags, water … all coexisting in the same space.
We, as inhabitants of Mexico City, one of the largest metropolises in the world, have a great responsibility regarding the waste generated within the city. All the garbage that we generate day by day, and that we remove from our houses, disappears from our near reality but not from the larger world. Sadly, natural areas, the oceans in particular, have become designated dumps of everything we call garbage. Cities are largely responsible for the serious effects this has on terrestrial and marine ecosystems at all levels.
Este 25 y 26 de Abril, nuestra directora de Plastic Oceans Mexico estuvo en el 4to festival de arte y sustentabilidad Art With Me en donde tuvo la oportunidad de platicar con funcionarios, empresarios, locales y activistas para salvar Tulum de la contaminación no plástica y de otro tipo de residuos.
Major Goals Set to be Met by 2025
The plastic pollution problem is a global issue that transcends countries, governments, industries, neighborhoods and levels of development. Currently most of everyone’s focus goes to changing consumer behavior and policy change, but companies have their share of responsibilities as well. There is so much they can do to reduce, reuse, innovate, communicate and in general make an effort to avoid single-use plastics to also make sure plastic doesn’t end up in our environment.
Personal log from the Chile science director Camila Ahrendt, who was on board the entire 19 hours of Sarah Ferguson’s world record swim around Rapa Nui. In these 19 hours she kept a personal log besides her official tasks on board like taking GPS measurements, make photos every half an hour that would serve as evidence of the swim and coordinate between the South African team, the captain, crew and the mainland. In her personal log she observed life on board, what went on behind the scenes, the swimming conditions and all the emotions that come about when you are part of such an epic event. This is an unedited recount of events, straight from the log.
A Record-Breaking Swim from a Truly Genuine and Inspiring Woman
The Easter Island swim has been the toughest I’ve done, and I really had to dig deep. On March 15, as dawn was still to make an appearance, my team and I readied ourselves for this momentous challenge that lay ahead. Around me, people gathered with messages of well wishes and encouragement and the sound of AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ filled the air. It was one of those moments where I tried not to think too hard about what I was about to do and just dived into the water and began, leaving behind the echoes of shouting and cheering.
Please enjoy this guest post from John McCarthy, who served as the Safety Officer and Navigator for Sarah Ferguson’s recent world-record Swim Against Plastic. He is the author of “The Sexy Ugly Beautifuls“, Founder of Ocean Child, Instigator of theGREENERsurfer and Architect of SWIM FREE – Confidence Underwater. Photo above: Wofty Wild.
An eyewitness account of Sarah Ferguson’s world-first circumnavigation swim of Easter Island
4000 people have climbed Mount Everest, 2000 people have swum the English Channel, 12 people have walked on the moon, only one person has successfully swum non-stop around Easter Island or Rapa Nui as it is known to the local inhabitants. Rapa Nui is politically part of Chile, but due to its isolation from the mainland it has retained its own cultural identity and even has its own language. This is an eyewitness account of Sarah Ferguson’s epic swim around the island which was completed at 03h15 on Saturday 16 March, local Rapa Nui time.
The Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC) recently partnered with the Plastic Oceans Foundation (Plastic Oceans) to organize a rally and lobbying effort for a single-use plastic straw ban in Santa Monica, California.