Take 3 For the Sea…….simple actions to address complex problems

The Plastic Facts – photography by Nick Pumphrey

It is no secret that our planet is in trouble and that the human species is to blame. We created the current paradigm that exists, therefore it is up to us to change things for the better.  We all need to foster a deeper connection with Mother Nature and realise that humans are simply another aspect of nature. It is so inspiring to see that many people are on that path of awareness and change.

This is the story of how through education that inspires participation, Take 3 is building a global movement of people who are connected to the planet.

Tim Silverwood – photography by Tom Batrouney

Marine ecologist, Roberta Dixon-Valk and youth educator, Amanda Marechal developed Take 3 – an idea where a simple action could produce profound consequences. They joined forces with environmentalist, Tim Silverwood and the trio publicly launched Take 3 as an organisation in 2010.

Take 3 with North Bondi SLSC Nippers – Photography by Julia Wheeler

Basically, the movement’s premise is that you join and take action – you pledge to take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or…anywhere, and you have made a difference.  Just one piece of rubbish can have a devastating impact, particularly in our waterways.  As we all know plastic does not biodegrade, but rather breaks down to smaller and smaller bits, till they end up being mistaken for food by marine life.  Plastic is killing our marine creatures –  and all for the convenience of humans to have a plastic straw to slurp drinks through or single-use plastic bags to hold groceries in.  We haven’t thought through the consequences of our actions to create more convenience in our lives.

A recent report by the World Economic Forum says that eight million tonnes of plastic leak in to the ocean every year. That is the equivalent of a garbage truck load of waste every minute. If this is not alarming enough the report also estimates that the world’s oceans will contain more plastics than fish, by weight, by 2050. 

It’s hard to comprehend and seems like such a huge problem to overcome, yet we must begin somewhere and this Australian initiative is raising awareness about the problem of plastic pollution and asks everyone to make a difference in a very simple way – it is something we can all do easily – remove 3 pieces of litter after each visit to the beach, river, park, forest, ….wherever…

For more information about the programs provided by Take 3 you can head to their website here. Or you can follow on Instagram.