Ocean education pod to visit Newcastle
A mobile ocean action pod designed to educate coastal communities about harmful marine plastic pollution will arrive on Newcastle's beaches tomorrow.
The caravan-like pod features interactive displays on the manmade plastics endangering oceanic ecosystems as well as videos on the growing global environmental threat.
As well as raising awareness, the pod will encourage the community to rethink the types of products that they buy and to support broader initiatives such as a deposit scheme for beverage containers."
"When people understand the terrible damage plastic is doing to marine life and the food chain, including humans, they will be more willing to support initiatives such as recycling and container deposit schemes to protect the environment," Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.
"This education pod is about spreading the message to end plastic marine pollution and I strongly encourage Newcastle residents to come and take a look while it's at Nobbys and Merewether."
Eighty per cent of marine debris comes from litter on land, pouring out of homes and plastic factories.
Drink containers, which break down into thousands of smaller pieces, microbeads in facial cleansers, clothing fibres and tiny plastic pieces from factories are among the main sources.
The pod was created by the Total Environment Centre (TEC) in partnership with the Boomerang Alliance with financial support from the NSW Environment Trust.
Council's Waste Management team has worked with the TEC to bring the pod to Newcastle in line with the marine debris education projects Council is delivering with support from the EPA's Better Waste and Recycling Fund.
The pod is visiting three prominent coastal communities - Bondi, Wollongong and Newcastle - for the first time.
It will be located at Nobbys beach for two weeks from Thursday followed by two weeks at Merewether Beach.
It will be open on Thursdays to Sundays between 10am and 5pm.
An informal launch event will take place at Nobbys Beach at 11am on Thursday 7 April 2016, with small addresses by the Lord Mayor, Director of the TEC and a representative from Hunter Local Land Services.