If a 12 year-old can do it, so can we!
We couldn’t be prouder seeing how our children share our commitment to the environment. Something that is directly related to humanity and the sensitivity of all people.
Olivia, inspired by the artist and feminist Max Liboiron, whom she recently discovered at her favorite museum in New York, the Cooper Hewitt, built an apparatus to clean microplastics from her beloved Mediterranean. This simple object created from recycled materials is inspired by the piece created by Max and she calls it “JellyCleaner”. If you would like to learn how to make it, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the detailed instructions so you can build your own microplastics cleaner. We never thought that in a place as beautiful and unique as the Costa Brava we would collect so much garbage.
On September 14 at 10am we are organizing our first beach cleanup of our beloved Mediterranean. We will be on the Costa Brava in the town of Calella de Palafrugell from 10am-12pm, in a three-pronged action on the beach cleaning the sand and rocks, a group of scuba divers will clean the seafloor and and a group of kayakers will do the same along the sea surface. Olivia will also be there cleaning microplastics with several of her “JellyCleaners” for anyone that wants to lend a hand. To sign up write us at: email@example.com or call +34 937127191
The youth are our future but the time to act is now. The United Nations has stated that the countdown has begun and we cannot afford to wait until this young generation grows up to fix the disaster that is threatening our land, sea, and air. Humans are being destructive and do not value how privileged we are to live on this blue planet. Politicians are letting the Amazon burn, others are denying Climate Change, and people around us who are “bored” with our sense of responsibility; from one extreme to another, the time to roll up our sleeves and take action is here.
The next UN summit on Climate Change on September 23rd in New York will deal with many questions such as governmental commitments, how to get more people involved, and a particular focus on today’s youth. In this summit young people will be greatly included and represented as well as will play an active role as agents of change. https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/un-climate-summit-2019.shtml
The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) identifies marine plastic pollution as a top environmental concern. Marine plastics entangle wildlife and boat propellers, are ingested by marine animals, and alter oxygen transfer in environments. Growing evidence indicates that plastics can move toxic chemicals into marine food webs which can have a huge impact on human health.
The UN has already advised the urgent need to study microplastics with regards to health. https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/08/1044661
There are no borders, sizes, age or economies that can justify a lack of commitment. Young people like Greta Thunberg with her “Fridays For Future” initiaitive https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Thunberg inspire and mobilize us, but we are still in the minority of people who are willing to start changing our habits. Join our crusade and the rest of us as we start to initiate a real change.
Max Liboiron is a feminist environmental scientist, science and technology studies (STS) scholar, and activist. As an Assistant Professor in Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Liboiron directs Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), a feminist, anti-colonial laboratory that specializes in grassroots environmental monitoring of marine plastic pollution.
Cooper Hewitt Museum:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design, and is the steward of one of the most diverse and comprehensive design collections in existence.