Why Should You Join Clean Up Australia Day?

February 20, 2019

Australia has one of the most unique natural landscapes in the world. Boasting pristine beaches, ancient forests and flourishing sea life, we have some of the most unique flora and fauna around. But are we taking all this natural beauty for granted? Plastic pollution is literally choking our sea life, oceans, parks, and bushlands.

Here’s just a few stats of what plastic pollution is doing to our precious planet and why you should get involved this Clean Up Australia Day.

  • 1. 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans
  • That’s equivalent to 16 shopping bags full of plastic for every metre of coastline (excluding Antarctica). By 2025 we will be putting enough plastic in the ocean (on our most conservative estimates) to cover 5% of the earth’s entire surface in cling film each year.

  • 2. 85% of Australia seabirds are affected by plastic pollution
  • Plastic isn’t just deadly for Australian seabirds, it also kills 1 million seabirds worldwide with those numbers growing.

  • 3. 100,000 marine creatures die from plastic entanglement each year
  • These are just the marine animals that are found, scientists believe this number is much, much more. Marine animals like turtles can choke on plastic bags mistaken for jellyfish, seabirds get entangled and larger animals like whales can starve because their stomachs are so full of plastic they’ve eaten.

    4. 95% of plastic is discarded after a single-use

    While plastic is making our lives easier through convenience it poses a significant threat to our planet if we keep these high levels of consumption up.

     5. Australians buy almost 15 billion plastic bottles every year

    And with 91% of plastic not being recycled, most of this will end up in landfill or polluting our great nation.

    6. By 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean

    Plastic rubbish will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050 unless the world takes drastic action to recycle the material.

    It’s unfortunate that we have to dedicate a day to cleaning up the home we all share, but any event to help this plastic problem is great and it all starts with YOU.This is an urgent opportunity to make a difference and end the plastic crisis that’s plaguing our planet. Get involved by heading to theClean Up Australia Day website to find a clean up event near you or you can always create one yourself! Clean Up Australia Day is on Sunday 3 March 2019 with events across the country taking place.

    On the Gold Coast? Join Water3 for a beach clean up at The Spit, Southport on Sunday March 3rd. Meet us at 9am to help remove the plastic and rubbish from our precious beaches. We will pick up the rubbish for about 45 minutes and afterwards we will sort the rubbish. Make sure you bring some gloves, wear closed toed shoes and sun smart clothes. Find out morehere

    Spread the word and invite any family and friends to come along with you on the day. Don’t forget to mention that the first 100 volunteers will receive a FREE Water3 bottle.