Researchers estimate there are now over 5,000,000,000,000 (trillion) pieces of plastic in the ocean. Up to 80% of ocean plastic enters the ocean from land. This pollution is impacting our marine life, and humans too—plastic fragments displace plankton at the base of the food chain, and work their way up to our dinner plates.
Plastics are also a major contributor to climate change. This year, emissions related to plastics will equal the pollution output of nearly 200 coal-fired power plants with a 500-megawatt capacity. Current estimations say this number will reach the equivalent of nearly 300 coal plants in 2030 and over 600 in 2050.
Who we are
We are a coalition of 17 organizations who envision a future without coastal and marine debris, a world where we ditch single-use plastics in our daily lives, and a time where we protect the coastlines, oceans, and climate we love.
We pursue our vision through research, advocacy, education, and engaging citizens, local businesses, and community leaders.
Please bring your favorite plastic-reducing item to show to the group so we can all learn from one another. It can be anything from a homemade toothpaste, to your favorite alternative straw, carry-out bag, container, book, or item of clothing!
On September 20, people of all ages in hundreds of countries around the globe are walking out of their jobs, homes, and classes to demand real climate action from our elected officials.
The Florida Aquarium invite you to their Adopt-a-Road cleanup this September. They will be meeting at the Florida Aquariums Manatee Viewing Center Parking lot and working the 1 mile stretch of Dickman road adjacent to it.
This month's LWVSPA Sustainability Team’s Meetup is at Tampa Bay Watch. Join us for a briefing by President and CEO of TBW Peter Clark as he describes the science and hard work behind the recovery of Tampa Bay.