No-Trash Triangle Initiative – Addressing plastic pollution in Indonesia

The Coral Triangle in South East Asia is home to one of the most biodiverse marine environments on our planet but plastic pollution is rapidly degrading this delicate ecosystem. To prevent the Coral Triangle from being suffocated by plastic, the No-Trash Triangle Initiative was founded on Bangka Island, North Sulawesi, in late 2017 by marine…

Marine biologist Jan Verbeek about the challenges in marine conservation

Jan Verbeek is a marine biologist and scientific diver I met during the Erasmus Mundus master’s programme in marine biodiversity and conservation in Portugal. Since leaving Germany about 10 years ago, he spent the large majority of his time studying and working in the UK where he started his journey as a marine biologist. Marine…

Fighting plastic pollution and poverty at once: The Plastic Bank

By Hannah Schartmann. Shaun Frankson is Co-Founder of the Plastic Bank – a project to stop ocean plastic pollution. The motivation of this project is obvious: every minute of every day, tons of plastic get into the ocean worldwide. This amounts to around eight million tons of plastic per year. It is estimated that there…

Thamarasi Aththanayaka: A conservation story from Sri Lanka

By Thamarasi Aththanayaka and Alyssa Robinson.  Hello, I am Thamarasi Aththanayaka from Sri Lanka. I don’t know whether you have heard about my small country, which is actually an island in the Indian Ocean. We are lucky to have a beautiful ocean with sandy and rocky beaches, as well as coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass…

Smoking kills – not only you

By Leona Ritter von Stein. The problem of plastic pollution in the marine environment has become quite popular over the last few years, thanks to many great people out there, who have opened their eyes and hearts, and raised their voices to increase awareness. NGOs, private initiatives and even politics have taken action and reached…

Interview: How Jammy is fighting plastic pollution in the Philippines

By Nuri Max Steinmann. Jammy grew up on the island of Bohol, located in the Philippine archipelago. The growing problem of plastic, polluting the famous beaches of her island, motivated her to start the campaign Plastic Free Bohol. Her dedication and will to make a difference start to pay off.  Hi Jammy! You are from…

Marine litter in Portugal: Addressing a global concern with local action

  By João Frias. The Associação Portuguesa de Lixo Marinho (APLM) is a Portuguese non-profit non-governmental organisation whose mission is to reduce the impacts of litter in marine, coastal and estuarine ecosystems, while at the same time promoting outreach, awareness and co-responsibility activities based on values of sustainable consumption, citizenship, solidarity and environmental protection, using…