Take 3 For The Sea Is One Way We Can All Contribute To Saving Our Wildlife

A Pelican in Port Stephens consuming a chip wrapper. Photo: Mat Spillard

 

TAKE 3 for the sea is a global movement which is making a very real difference to our oceans.

Take 3 believes in simple actions to address complex problems.

Everyday plastic pollution is killing our wildlife.

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Take 3 For The Sea was started in 2009 by marine ecologist Roberta Dixon-Valk and youth educator Amanda Marechal.

Joining forces with environmentalist Tim Silverwood, the trio publicly launched Take 3 as an organisation in 2010.

The concept is simple – take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or…anywhere, and you have made a difference.

It is important to realise that whether you’re in mountains, forests, deserts or cities – you need the ocean.

And the ocean needs you.

Take 3 is leading a movement of people who are connected to the planet to remove plastic pollution from the environment and support measures to prevent waste and pollution.

Take 3’s education programs in schools, surf clubs, communities and online focus on inspiration and participation.

Take 3 supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and advocates for a circular economy future.

Our ‘throw away’ society fuelled by overproduction, overconsumption, single-use materials and poor waste management is damaging our planet irreparably.

The current system of ‘take make and dispose’ is not sustainable.

The circular economy is renewable and regenerative by design.

Technical nutrients are recovered to create new materials while biological nutrients are processed to regenerate agricultural and natural systems.

Alicia Cameron of Plastic Free Port Stephens told News Of The Area, “Movements like Take 3 for the Sea focus on doing something with a tangible result.

“Just talking about the problem can leave people feeling overwhelmed.

“There are current documentaries that are very problem-focused and the feeling after watching them is one of despair.

“Doing something active, even if it feels like it’s not a lot, can lead to significant change when everyone does their bit.

“Our motto is Little Steps Big Impact because we believe it’s in the everyday little steps that make the biggest impact,” she said.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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