ZWKlogo17th October 2017 

Blue Planet returns with urgent call to reduce use of plastics.

Sir David Attenborough recently said, ‘We could actually do something about plastic right now. We have seen tragedies happen because of the plastic in the ocean.”

“We’ve seen albatrosses come back with their belly full of food for their young and nothing in it. The albatross parent has been away for three weeks gathering stuff for her young and what comes out? What does she give her chick? You think it’s going to be squid, but it’s plastic. The chick is going to starve and die.’

“There are more examples of that. But we could do things about plastic internationally tomorrow.”

“We have a responsibility, every one of us,” he said. “We may think we live a long way from the oceans, but we don’t. What we actually do here, and in the middle of Asia and wherever, has a direct effect on the oceans – and what the oceans do then reflects back on us.”

Cutting back on plastic packaging and plastic bags in supermarkets would be a major step.

Blue Planet 2 series started on the 29th October and runs for 7 episodes. Click here for the full article in The Guardian.

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Press articles

Radio 4 – World at One interviews marine biologist on response to Blue Planet coverage of plastic pollution in the ocean (NB starts at 40th minute)

TEDX talk about food wastage

Michael Gove needs to reduce waste within his own department!

Chancellor calls for evidence on possible measures to cut use of plastic

Plastic ban has led to cleaner beaches in Kenya

12 ways to care for your clothes – hints and tips

7 charts that explain the plastics problem


Research papers

Evaluation of research into the distribution of plastics in the worlds’ oceans

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