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Powerful Reaction from Children in Response to Plastic Pollution

July 3, 2019 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. The aim is to help contribute to a cleaner world – with cleaner streets and oceans.

To raise awareness of the movement and showcase the negative impact of plastic pollution, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium replaced a tank of jellyfish, with plastic that was collected from Sydney Harbour and revealed it to stunned guests.

Chris Brown, Head of Curatorial at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium said, “Plastic is everywhere and it’s silently choking our planet and wildlife.

“Plastic doesn’t decompose, so if we don’t make an effort to reduce our plastic footprint, then by 2050 – there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Sadly, marine animals in the wild often mistake plastic for food, which can cause major digestive problems and even kill them.

“A plastic bag could easily be mistaken for a jellyfish – and this happens to be a turtle’s favourite food. For the month of July, we’re displaying rubbish collected from Sydney Harbour in one of the jellyfish tanks at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium so that our guests can see first-hand how a turtle could mistake this for food,” added Chris.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is helping guests reduce their plastic use during the month of July by offering a free coffee* to all guests that have their own reusable coffee cup with them.

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