​​How to Give Up Plastics

Date/Time: Tuesday 26 June, 2018 - 6:00pm

Date/Time End: Tuesday 26 June, 2018 - 7:00pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2.23, Park Building, University of Portsmouth, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2DZ

We are delighted to invite you to a free Public Talk by Will McCallum, Head of Oceans at Greenpeace, UK organised by our Development Studies Group (DSG) in collaboration with our Research Theme on Sustainability and the Environment at the University of Portsmouth.

Will McCallum manages the oceans team at Greenpeace UK responsible for all campaigns relating to marine and oceans issues including: Common Fisheries Policy (and post Brexit fisheries), plastics in the ocean, tuna/John West, deposit return schemes, microbeads, whales, marine reserves, and many more.

Will McCallum will be happy to share his ideas and experience at Greenpeace on the battle to break our dependency to plastics. As part of this effort, Will is also launching a book called “ How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time and which will also be available at the talk. Here is an excerpt:

“Around 12.7 million tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean every year, killing over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals. By 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight. Plastic pollution is the environmental scourge of our age, but how can YOU make a difference? This accessible guide, written by the campaigner at the forefront of the anti-plastic movement, will help you make the small changes that make a big difference, from buying a reusable coffee cup to running a clean-up at your local park or beach.”

The University of Portsmouth has also been at the forefront of making plastic dependency history and making our ocean’s biodiversity thrive. Scientists at our university have improved a naturally occurring enzyme, which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics. We also recently celebrated our support to the UK’s first Sea Bin, in Portsmouth Harbour with an event called “See Bin, Sea Change” hosted at the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, on the 1 December 2017 which helped raised awareness of the ongoing plastic pollution problem that currently faces the UK. But what else can we all do? We hope that by joining actions all together with Greenpeace we can truly make this world and our oceans a better place.

Everyone is welcome!

Plastic is not going away without a fight. We need a movement made up of billions of individual acts, bringing people together from all backgrounds and all cultures, the ripples of which will be felt from the smallest village to the tallest skyscrapers. This is a call to arms – to join forces across the world and to end our dependence on plastic.”


Admission is free, but please book a place on Eventbrite

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