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Leading environmentalist Tim Silverwood to visit Hurstville

22 Oct 2012

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Jack Jacovou said the evening will include a screening of the award-winning documentary ‘Bag It’ which aims to raise awareness about the consequences of plastic pollution in our oceans and the simple ways people can reduce their plastic usage.

“In July 2011, Tim spent three weeks sailing over 5,000 kilometres from Honolulu to Vancouver to research and document the infamous North Pacific Gyre, also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” he said.

“What he discovered could be likened to a plastic soup.

“Dumped plastic items like bottles, bags, buckets and crates break apart into millions and billions of plastic fragments that remain in the ocean and do not biodegrade.

“The extent of the problem was emphasised when every trawl sample the team deployed returned with items such as a toothbrush, two pen caps, a spray nozzle, a handful of tiny plastic fragments and a plastic toy gorilla.”

Mayor Jacovou said Tim is also co-founder of ‘Take 3 – A Clean Beach Initiative’ which encourages each visitor to our beaches and waterways to simply take three pieces of rubbish with them when they leave.

“Take 3 is actively developing educational resources and ongoing initiatives to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans,” he said.

To book a place at the free event, visit www.hurstville.nsw.gov.au or phonel Council’s Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Nicole Boyd on 9330 6260.

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Media contact: 
Tanya Abraham
Manager Public Relations and Events
9330 6008 or 0411 748 953


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