On Friday the 8th of June at 2pm, meet us down at the Pavilion building at the University of Westminster’s Chiswick Sports Ground and join our Thames riverbank cleanup event for World Oceans Day. 

The 8th of June is World Oceans Day, an opportunity for all of us to get together and celebrate our big blue planet. This year, the theme for World Oceans Day is preventing plastic pollution.

Plastic pollution is a big problem for our oceans. Every day we dump tonnes of plastic into our water where it cannot fully biodegrade and causes all sorts of issues by collecting in huge floating plastic islands or breaking down into small particles and building up in the bodies of marine life. This damages the health of marine animals, and also potentially our own health, as plastic that has built up in the fish we eat ends up in our own bodies, and the long term effects of this are not yet well understood. So whether you care about the environment and wildlife or if you’re just concerned with your own health, plastic pollution is not to be ignored!

We’re all familiar with the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. These are good tips for reducing the amount of single-use plastic items we use or reducing the impact of what we do use. However, in recent years activists have started to add new Rs, and the one we’re choosing to take action on the World Oceans Day is Remove. This refers to not just reducing the amount of plastic we add to the environment, but actively getting out and taking out whatever’s already there.

We’ll head down to the riverbank at our boathouse and pick up some of the rubbish that’s built up there, and that will eventually end up being carried out into the ocean if somebody doesn’t do something about it! It’s a great excuse to get out of the office on a Friday afternoon, get involved in the university’s efforts to safeguard our local environment, and meet some likeminded colleagues.

We have limited equipment so please do register in advance by emailing sustainability@westminster.ac.uk

This event is for University of Westminster Staff and Students only.

Cormac Cleary

Cormac Cleary

Sustainable Food Assistant at University of Westminster and Aramark
Cormac Cleary

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