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Justin and his Pen Pals in Africa started The Parallel Projects Campaign to work together to make a difference and create a healthier world with less plastic pollution. Their goal is to work with businesses, and politicians to create changes and solutions with plastic alternatives for a healthier planet.
MEETING THE EXPERTS:
Justin began learning the dangers of pollution. He met with leaders such as Dr. Jane Goodall, Captain Moore (who discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch), and interviewed Dr. Heidi Auman (scientist and author of Garbage Guts), and learned the many ways plastic harms animals, our food chain, and people.
DR. JANE GOODALL
In first grade Justin got to meet Dr. Jane Goodall. She is well known for traveling to Africa to study chimpanzees where she made amazing discoveries that changed the way people view animals. Dr. Jane Goodall is also known for her conservation efforts to protect the rainforest and end deforestation. She has spent the last 60 years traveling around the world empowering youth to take care of our planet earth.
Dr. Jane told Justin he was brave for all the work he was doing to protect the rainforests for frogs. She also told him our world's rivers, lakes, and oceans are filling up with plastic and she asked if he could help before it is too late.
CAPTAIN CHARLES MOORE
Captain Charles Moore is the sea captain who discovered the Great Garbage Patch in 1997 while sailing from California to Hawaii.
He was shocked to see a gigantic garbage dump of milk jugs, toothbrushes, combs, shopping bags, bottle caps, beach toys, and more in the middle of the ocean. Captain Moore wrote the book, Plastic Ocean, to bring attention and create solutions to end plastic pollution.
Linda Booker is the director of the documentary STRAWS. The film charts the history of straws and shows how billions of non-recyclable plastic straws are used annually winding up in landfills, littering streets and finding their way to oceans.
The Ocean Conservancy ranks straws as the number five most popular collected item at beach cleanups. A viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw in its nose has now sparked anti-plastic straw campaigns globally and inspiring sustainable alternatives.
DR. HEIDI AUMAN
Dr. Heidi Auman is a biologist and toxicologist studying seabirds and plastic ingestion. When the birds eat plastic, marine debris and pollutants, they get Garbage Guts! She has written scientific journals and a book for younger children to spread the message on the dangers of plastics.
Sadly, Dr. Auman's research has found that over 97% of the birds' stomachs contain marine debris. She has shown that our ecological footprint has reached the farthest corners of the earth and often with disturbing consequences.
Dave Hakkens is the founder of Precious Plastic - a free resource that counts on the contributions of dozens of people worldwide joining their skills and knowledge to find solutions to our plastic pollution crisis.
Precious Plastic offers ideas on how to run a recycling workspace to transform plastic waste into new products. This all happens within the Precious Plastic Universe, where all the solutions needed to tackle the plastic problem come together: the people, the machines, the knowledge, the techniques and much more.
Boyan Slat is a Dutch inventor and entrepreneur passionate about creating megaprojects to help the planet. He is the founder of the Ocean Cleanup with the goal to rid our world's oceans of plastic.
When Boyan was 16 year old he was scuba diving in Greece and was surprised to see more plastic than fish. Now at 28 years old, he is cleaning the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and has launched trash Interceptor boats in some of the wolrd's most polluting rivers.
MR. BEAST & MARK ROBER
Team Seas started as an international fundraiser launched by YouTubers MrBeast and Mark Rober. And now Team Seas is an organization motivating other global social media creators and fans to create content about cleaning the oceans.
As of today, Team Seas has successfully raised over $33 million dollars with all of the donations going to the Ocean Conservancy and the Ocean Cleanup. And over 30,000,000 pounds of marine debris has been removed from our rivers and oceans.
THE STORY OF STUFF PROJECT
The Story of Plastic shows us the ugly truth behind plastic pollution and that recycling will not solve this world's problem. This is a long look and journey from the invention of plastic to our current global plastic pollution crisis. This film focuses on the oil and gas industry and shares facts that plastic takes over 400 years to decompose.
The Story of Plastic is a life-changing film and will teach you a lot!
PLASTIC POLLUTION COALITION
I am a Youth Ambassador of the Plastic Pollution Coalition and part of the Coalition's 10 Calls of Action to regulate waste management, eliminate toxic substances and develop solutions that acknowledge plastic’s role in global warming.
Plastic is a major contributor to climate change. 99% of plastic is made from fossil fuels, so more single-use plastic means more fossil fuel extraction, production, and greenhouse gas emissions- and more serious impacts to our health and planet.
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