Hotlane Beach Cleanup

November 4, 2023 , 9:00 am 11:00 am SAST

Join us for our beach cleanup opposite Hard Rock Cafe in Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. Hotland Org says, “Let’s do more to heal than to harm, to educate than to destroy.”

(258-618 NPO)

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Rep. Ilhan Omar Introduces Zero Waste Act 

WASHINGTON – Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced the Zero Waste Act on July 25 to invest in solutions that address the waste epidemic plaguing our country. These funds will go towards reducing landfills and incinerators that emit toxic pollution into our communities, especially in low income communities or communities of color.

“We can imagine a future where we prioritize people’s health, the environment, and justice, knowing our fates are tied together,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar. “Today, we need elected leaders to champion solutions that match the scope of the challenges we face. Addressing the waste crisis is critical to preventing further damage to our climate—it’s integral to racial justice and a clean, equitable future.”

The bill will create a federal grant program to help local cities to invest in zero waste initiatives. These funds can go towards recycling infrastructure, or towards the creation of partnerships with local businesses aimed at reducing waste in their operations. The Zero Waste Act will create jobs, grow domestic manufacturing, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean waterways, protect our communities from health hazards, save energy, and further grow our economy.

Landfills were responsible for 103 million metric tons of carbon equivalent emitted as of 2011, or 18 percent of all methane emissions. Waste is also an environmental justice issue. Nearly 80% of incinerators are placed in low-income areas or near communities of color and indigenous lands—including North Minneapolis and the Phillips neighborhood in Minnesota’s 5th District. 

Original co-sponsors include Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Deb Haaland, Betty McCollum, Pramila Jayapal, Earl Blumenauer, Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr., Ayanna Pressley, Chellie Pingree and Gwen Moore.

The bill is endorsed by the following organizations Plastic Pollution Coalition, City of Minneapolis, Eureka Recycling, Zero Waste Washington, US Composting Council, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Climate Generation, Surfrider Foundation, TakeAction Minnesota, Minnesota Composting Council.

You can watch the bill introduction here and find the full text here.

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By Taylor Lane and Ben Judkins

The first rain after long, hot summer months sometimes known as the “First Flush” often fills waterways with discarded everyday items, forgotten but never gone; all our waste, garbage, trash, plastic, styrofoam, pollution, runoff, etc. on land inevitably make the journey through rivers, creeks, and streams all the way to the sea. Land and water are inextricably interconnected.

Logos from the companies responsible for this plastic packaging are visible as they float by out to sea.

Landlocked or coastal, we all rely on the sea for the air we breathe, and in turn we all affect the sea with our consumption and waste habits. This was shot in one hour on one small segment of one creek from one bigger river in one big city on one tiny spec of the earth; our collective actions really do add up.

Our cultural out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentality is toxic and this flow of trash is a reminder that there truly is no “away.” Prevention, choosing alternatives to single-use plastic, and stopping production of virgin single-use plastic at the source is far more effective than any clean-up measure; we live in a plastic world but it doesn’t mean we as consumers have to perpetuate the problem.

As much as you can, refuse to use single-use plastics; and as surfers, we have an indisputable obligation and opportunity to fight for the ocean.

Filmed at Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, Los Angeles, California 10/13/2018. Learn more at thecigarettesurfboard.com

Music – Getaway Dogs getawaydogs.bandcamp.com 

Surfer – Fergal Smith, Ireland

The Cigarette Surfboard Film:

Industrial Designer Taylor Lane and filmmaker Ben Judkins are creating an environmental surf film that uses the Cigarette Surfboard to question the mentality of littering cigarette butts, and how this largely represents our single-use plastic culture and its effects on the ocean. Our goal is to inspire, educate, and share creative solutions to encourage a “call to action” for the international surf community / industry to become more engaged stewards of the sea. We aim to provide people (surfers and non-surfers alike) with tools to help reduce their impact on the ocean. 

We will use the film as a way to help preserve surfing’s message. Surfing is culturally rooted in respect and commitment, and we believe it is our obligation as surfers to have a positive impact on the health of our oceans. Through our travels, we are connecting with internationally acclaimed surfers to ride a variety of Cigarette Surfboards in our order to help spread our message. Support the film.

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Sadhguru, founder of Isha Foundation, has joined forces with the United Nations Environment Program and Plastic Pollution Coalition to raise awareness about the problem of single-use plastic among millions of followers across the world.

The partnership started with a conversation between Sadhguru, Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN–Environment, and Dia Mirza UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, in Delhi in honor of World Environment Day in June 2018.

Watch a video of the discussion below.

“Straws, coffee cup caps, refuse to use it!” Sadhguru says. “This must be our personal policy. We also need the law to ban single-use plastic. This will not solve all our problems, but this is one thing we can do. This is our planet, this is our time on the planet. Let’s do the right thing!”

Sadhguru further explains:

Unfortunately, we are still looking at a mega problem in small pieces. That’s how it works in the world – we are focusing on one thing at a time. Plastic is not a separate problem. Essentially, the problem is about the way we live. We as life have forgotten that we are life. We have forgotten that our life’s existence is connected to everything around us. People say nearly seven kilograms of intake exchanges are happening per day. We have lost contact with life – our own life, and everything else that nourishes our life. This is the fundamental disaster which is manifesting in so many different ways in the world.

Plastic is a classic case of who we are right now, how irresponsible we are. Of many materials that we have developed on this planet, plastic is one of the most fantastic ones… But we have handled it so irresponsibly that it has become poisonous, and it has entered everything. They are saying a whole lot of microbes are carrying plastic in them.

It is not time to debate. It is time to act. Though there are so many wonderful people who will immediately respond, I don’t believe the larger population will correct things by themselves. They need the push of law. That is why we are looking at single-use plastic ban.

Sadhguru has frequently spoken on issues facing the environment, including the rapidly receding rivers in India. “We are destroying the soil and the water resources at such a rate that in another fifteen to twenty years’ time, we will not be able to feed these people and quench their thirst anymore,” he said. “Over millennia, for generations, our rivers have embraced us and nourished us. A time has come when we have to embrace and nourish our rivers.”

Learn more about Rally for Rivers here, including Sadhguru and Isha Foundation’s efforts to #BeatPlasticPollution.

The Isha Foundation, a member of Plastic Pollution Coalition, is dedicated to raising human consciousness and fostering global harmony through individual transformation.

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A monumental public sculpture that aims to shed light on the impact of plastic waste in our ocean and inspire Indonesians to take action to stem the tide of plastic pollution at the local and national level was unveiled last week in Sanur, Bali.

Baruna Murthi” is made entirely made of waste materials and inspired by the Balinese tradition of Ogoh-ogoh.  The art piece was launched to mark World Environment Day 2018 and as part of UN Environment’s multi-city art installation all carrying the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution.”

Other installations are planned in Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Manila, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Yangon.

Artwork ranges from abstract to whimsical to cultural. In Hong Kong a giant 400-kilogram sphere of melted plastic will make landfall in Central, while in Auckland a bus-sized windsock created from plastic bags will hang at the city’s Eastern Viaduct. In Bangkok, visitors to Central World mall will be able to pass through 7 massive gates made from tens of thousands of plastic bags.

Based on current research an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters the ocean every year. Around 60 percent of this land based plastic waste comes from just five countries, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.  While Indonesia is the second highest contributor, estimated to leak up to 1.29 million metric tons of plastic into the ocean, it is also the second biggest producer of fish and seafood products worldwide which can cause potential hazards not only to marine life but also to human health when fish and seafood contaminated with micro plastic is consumed by humans.

UN Environment (UNEP) in collaboration with the Coral Triangle Center (CTC) led the development of a monumental sculpture in collaboration with the Yayasan Pembangunan Sanur and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Indonesia.

 “We are working with all sectors to raise awareness about the impact of plastic pollution in the ocean and our marine life,” says Rili Djohani, CTC Executive Director. “We need deliberate action from all sectors and stakeholders to address plastic pollution as it is a local, national and global problem. We hope that Baruna Murthi’s story and significance will inspire more people to care for our oceans and reduce their consumption of single use plastic.”

 The Sanur Community Youth Group (Karang Taruna Sanur Kajah), who has won various Ogoh-ogoh competitions in the past, is leading the creation of “Baruna Murthi” using common waste materials such as plastic bottles, detergent packaging, and plastic cups.

Drawing on Balinese culture and mythology, the sculpture is a depiction of “Baruna” – the Balinese God of the Sea who is furious because of all the trash and plastic pollution in the ocean. Due to his wrath, Baruna has transformed (Murthi) his face into a giant Lionfish (Ikan Barong) to send the message to humans to stop destroying the ocean that gives so much to those on land. 

Baruna Murthi’s artistic team is led by I Gede Wedhana and composed of I Wayan Hendra Pratama Putra, Ida Bagus Putra Mahavira, Komang Angga Wijaksana, Kadek Angga Satria Wibawa, I Kadek Sukmayasa, and Wayan Adi Wicaksana.

“I want to engage the people, whether they are locals or visitors, to not litter especially in beach and coastal area, to use less plastic material and be more mindful in taking care of the environment,” says Wedhana. 

Born in 1995, Wedhana grew up in Sanur and began his artistic pursuits when he was in high school. He learned to make ogoh-ogoh from his local community youth group and has since made 7 ogoh-ogoh sculptures in the last 10 years.

Baruna Murthi is Wedhana’s first attempt in making ogoh-ogoh completely out of waste materials. For this project, he and his team of young artists had to find, collect, and select suitable plastic waste materials to build the sculpture. They then carefully and patiently arranged the waste materials to highlight its significance without losing the aesthetic part of the sculpture.

By representing the sculpture in the form of Baruna Murthi, Wedhana hopes that it can be a reminder for the public that the ocean is not a big trash bin. He said that although Bali maybe small, it is part of a larger ecosystem and what happens here affects the ocean that connects us all. 

UN Environment is asking visitors to the installations to pledge on social media how they will help stop plastic waste. People can post a photo to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #BeatPlasticPollution to show how they are making a difference, and tag their friends to join the movement.

Prior to the unveiling of the sculpture, there was a community beach clean up in Segara Beach, Sanur on June 3, 2018 from 7am-8am, to welcome and prepare the area for the installation of Baruna Murthi. where the sculpture will be installed. The beach clean up involves schools and other Bali community members as well as media and other personalities.

After the public display, the sculpture moved to CTC’s Center for Marine Conservation in Sanur, Bali. The sculpture will be a permanent exhibit open to the public, where it will serve as an educational tool for schools as well as for local and international visitors reminding them of their own plastic consumption and how to reduce plastic waste in their personal life.  

Coral Triangle Center is a local non-profit organization based in Bali with a regional scope and global impact. CTC provides education and training to make sure that marine protected áreas within the world’s epicenter of marine biodiversity are managed effectively. CTC supports on-the-ground conservation programs through our learning sites in Nusa Penida in Bali and the Banda Islands in Maluku. CTC aims to expand its outreach and impact through its Center for Marine Conservation in Bali, which will serve as a center of excellence for marine conservation training programs and outreach activities to influence approximately 1.5 million people by 2020 to protect and care for the oceans and those that depend on it. Visit coraltrianglecenter.org.

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