30 Day Challenge Refuse Single Use Plastic for 30 Days
We have spoken to nearly 10,000 students to date and we are asking all to take the 30 Day Challenge and Refuse Single Use Plastic for 30 Days #RefuseSUP. Watch this video and see why this is so important. Single use plastic is plastic you use once and throw away. In January 2016, a report announced by the year 2050 there will be more plastic by weight in our ocean than fish. Public awareness drives corporate and policy change and we are hoping to raise public awareness with the 30 Day Challenge as you refuse single use plastic for 30 days and share with your friends and family. The ocean is underrepresented in schools, often misrepresented in the media, and many stories told about our life source perpetuate fear. We know more about outer space than we do about our ocean. The Our Ocean & YOU campaign launched in January 2016 to raise awareness about the importance of the ocean in our daily lives and dives below the surface sharing one of the wicked problems facing our ocean, plastic pollution.
Every breath we take connects us to the ocean as the phytoplankton mass living in our world ocean creates more than 50% of the oxygen our planet needs. Our ocean holds 98% of our world’s water. Three billion people rely on the protein from the sea for their survival. The ocean literally gives us oxygen, water, and feeds our world. Without a healthy ocean, life on our planet cannot exist. Without a healthy ocean, we are not healthy. People are polluting our ocean. Plastic is a people problem and only people can be the solution.
The 30 Day Challenge was created to raise awareness about the pervasive problem plastic is to our environment, especially our ocean. We want you to commit to refusing single use plastic for 30 days. I hope you will take the 30 Day Challenge and Refuse Single Use Plastic for 30 Days. In doing so, you will be rethinking plastic in your life. You will become aware of how challenging it is to avoid/stop using/refuse single use plastic. At the same time, we are asking you to share the experience with your friends and family. If we can begin to understand how important our ocean is in our lives, perhaps we will create the change needed to take care of her. Please share, print, download, and encourage your friends and family to #RefuseSUP
If you would like to bring Ocean Annie to your school, group, or organization, we are still booking events. Contact Annie for more information. This campaign will end on June 8, World Ocean Day in Friday Harbor on the San Juan Islands. Special thanks to all of our sponsors for helping make this happen. Annie Crawley was in the North Pacific Gyre aboard the SEAPLEX cruise for Project Kaisei. She teamed up with author Patricia Newman and created Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch published by Millbrook Press. Purchase a copy today and Annie will personalize for you.