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January 12, 2012

Tim Silverwood

Tim Silverwood is an Australian trying to make a difference by spreading the awareness of the impact of plastic pollution in our oceans. Tim Silverwood recently undertook a 3 week journey sailing over 5000 km from Honolulu to Vancouver. Scientists, environmentalists, artists and filmmakers were part of the expedition which was coordinated by Algalita Marine Research Foundation. His journey also incorporated a visit to the North Pacific Gyre, also know as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch or the Pacific Trash Vortex.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an area of the Pacific Ocean where the currents of the North Pacific Gyre have trapped plastic debris and marine litter in a concentrated area. The patch is fuelled by ocean currents from Asia, North America and many Pacific nations, bringing tonnes of debris that result in a swirling vortex of plastic rubbish.

Tim SilverwoodBased on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia Tim Silverwood has been busy spreading the word of the impact plastic pollution is having on our planet through talks, travelling, media engagement and the Take 3 Clean Beach Initiative, which he co-founded along with Mandy Marechal and Marine Ecologist Roberta Dixon-Valk. The Take 3 Clean Beach Initiative is spreading a simple message of taking 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach.

Tim Silverwood is passionate about the Take 3 campaign but says they need ongoing help and support, “We are developing educational resources and ongoing initiatives to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans but we need lots of help. We need funding, volunteers and pro bono help to develop our organization. We want to make sure that every Australian knows what is happening out there and what they can do to help.”

Tim Silverwood gave an interesting talk on the impact of plastic at TedX Newy. Checkout his presentation below:

Plastic pollution is having a large impact on wildlife around the world and Tim Silverwood’s message has been steadily gaining momentum. He was recognised as an ambassador for the Keep Australia Beautiful campaign in 2011 and is appearing around Australia at Take 3 fundraisers. He is also presenting the movie Bag It , which looks at the impact of plastic and plastic bags on our waterways and oceans.

According to Tim Silverwood, “There is this notion that when we throw ‘away’ the growing amount of silly single use plastic items we use in our lives that they just go ‘away’. Unfortunately, ‘away’ isn’t always landfill or a recycling centre, a huge amount of our waste ends up in the environment and a growing amount ends up in the ocean.”

Find out more information on Tim Silverwood at his website.

Good on ya Tim!

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