Plastic Pollution Awareness Going Global – by Rebecca Mayer

Scene from the window of my Ayurvedic Doctor's house in an upper-class section of a city in Kerala, India.Plastic pollution awareness has officially gone global.

Which is good, because after spending the last four months traveling through India and Southeast Asia, I was beginning to lose faith.  (See image on the left of the view from my Ayurvedic Doctor’s beautiful house in an upper-class section of Trivandrum, India.)

In the rural town where I currently reside near Siem Reap, Cambodia, villagers routinely burn plastic.  We are planning an awareness campaign which I will cover in a later post.

In more positive news, however:

Bag Monsters have begun parading around Dubai.

As we mentioned earlier this week, the UAE has banned one type of plastic bag from the entire country, in an effort to save camels (and residents).

San Diego high school student Cobi Emery, along with Surfrider urge people around the globe to Pick Up Three.

Keep Britain Tidy is cleaning English Beaches, while UK’s Drift Magazine publishes a cool plastic blog Give up SUPs (Single Use Plastics).

Fishing for Litter helps British fishermen save seabirds like the young gannet pictured, that perished after becoming entangled in plastic litter that was woven into it’s nest. (Image courtesy of the RSPB.)

So, while the issue of plastic pollution is far-reaching and seemingly overwhelming, remember that your small effort, in your small part of the world, contributes toward a global consciousness about a world that is safe for everything alive on it.

How can you make a difference?  Who is making a difference in your part of the world?  Bag It wants to know!


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7 Responses to Plastic Pollution Awareness Going Global – by Rebecca Mayer

  1. Paul says:

    Great to see awareness and action growing!
    Have you seen Two Hands Project?
    Based in Australia, though activating and inspiring people on plastic pollution globally!

  2. David McKay says:

    I write the blog “BeyondPlastic” on wordpress, and I love getting emails telling me you have written. Thank you! Your simple, positive messages really help. Every moment of awareness is simply put: another moment; they add up.
    As a substitute teacher in three different schools and an artist who upcycles out of the waste stream (see my facebook page: “#10 Can Lantern Co.”) I am helping young people become more aware every chance I can.

    Happy Spring!

  3. Michele says:

    Our family lives in Nebraska and we regularly do trash pick up in our neighborhood and by our small water sources. Even my 4 year old knows trash and plastic will “make the fishies sick.”

  4. I boycott plastic in the UK and bakcpack plastic free – you can check us out at I also document global plastic pollution – check out my dirty pictures at facebook Planet trash. Dont you just love those bagmonsters? xpam

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