Description: Global online activist and petition network. Post public petitions on the net on a wide range of environmental and social topics, including climate change. Through petitions submitted by their members they aim to influence decisions made by governments or businesses. Avaaz operates in 15 languages, and states that it has more than nineteen million members in 194 countries.
Description: Global online activist and petition network. Post public petitions on the net on a wide range of environmental and social topics, including climate change. In 2012, change.org had 10 million members and received 500 new petitions per day.
Plastic pollution – the problem
What: Choking the Oceans With Plastic, article by Charles J. Moore in the New York Times.
URL: The choking article
Description: Plastic is choking our future in ways that most of us are barely aware. Plastics are now one of the most common pollutants of ocean waters worldwide. No scientist, environmentalist, entrepreneur, national or international government agency has yet been able to establish a comprehensive way of recycling the plastic trash that covers our land and inevitably blows and washes down to the sea. This article explains the problem and what is currently (not) done about it.
What: Midway Island, short film and presentation Chris Jordan.
URL: Midway short film 3min54
URL: Chris Jordan presentation and photo´s, 17min
Description: We are the plastic people, how can we change our ways? Is this too far from your reality? This film and presentation by Chris Jordan is a case study on the effects of plastic pollution.
What: 5 Gyres – the problem
Description: The plastic pollution problem explained visually in easy terms. 5 Gyres is an organization aimed at reducing plastics pollution. 5 Gyres was one of two organizations that recently researched the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Great Pacific garbage patch is a gyre of marine debris in the central North Pacific Ocean extending over an indeterminate area, characterized by exceptionally high concentrations of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre.
Plastic pollution – initiatives
What: The Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP)
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Description: The Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP) is a project working to reduce the environmental impact of the world’s rising use of plastics in products and packaging. Similar to the Carbon Disclosure Project, PDP encourages measurement, disclosure and management to improve corporate, community and individual accountability on plastic manufacture, use and disposal.