Conservation Volunteers Australia are taking action for World Ocean Day!

This June 8th marks World Ocean Day, an international celebration that catalyses collective action for a healthy ocean and a stable climate, rallying the world to protect and restore our blue planet.

Conservation Volunteers Australia is doing our part, holding events and celebrations across the country throughout the month of June.

Why should we care about the ocean?

The ocean has a special place in the heart of Australians. Itโ€™s where we go to spend time with family, to swim, surf and find solace.

But have you ever asked yourself:

Did you know the ocean covers 71% of our planet, while giving us 70% of the oxygen we breath? It also helps regulate our climate. It is literally the lungs and heart of our planet ๐ŸŒ.

This means we are all deeply connected to our ocean.

Unfortunately, our lungs and heart are sick, severely impacted by waste and marine debris – much of which is plastic.

Letโ€™s face the facts:

By 2050, thereโ€™s set to be more plastic in the ocean than fish ๐ŸŸ.

In fact, right now, one garbage truck of rubbish enters the ocean every minute โฑ.

Between 2020 and 2021, Australian consumed 3.8 Mt of plastic (3 times the global average), and this is estimated to reach 8.8 Mt by 2050.

How do we solve this?

To tackle the problem, Conservation Volunteers Australia has developed a nationwide community activation program SeaToSource.

Our vision for SeaToSource is building a movement of people who are connected to and care for their local waterways and coastlines and take action to address sources of marine debris and ocean litter at home and in their community.

At a national scale, it has the potential to address plastic pollution and provides fun and easy ways for anyone – and any group

to become true ocean heroes for their local waterways.

Over the last 3 years, thanks to the commitment and hard work of changemakers, this is what weโ€™ve achieved:

โœ… 10,600 volunteers across Australia and 50 of the nationโ€™s largest businesses in community-led action at 690 events.

โœ… 380,000 pieces of waste debris were prevented from flowing into the nationโ€™s Great Barrier Reef and Great Southern Reef.

โœ… We surveyed 1,237 hectares of waterways and coastlines and collected close to 19 tonnes of mismanaged waste.

โœ… We discovered that from the 380,000 pieces of debris collected, 79% was plastic!

Find out more on our impact to date.

By understanding what plastic pollution ends up where, and how much there is, we can help identify low-cost, effective solutions to stem the tide of plastic pollution.

Our Commitment

Over the next 5 years, we are committing to activating a community of people like you and I to:

remove 30 tonnes of rubbish from entering the environment

and continuing our work with CSIRO to expand their National Plastic Pollution Baseline Survey across the country.

But we wonโ€™t do it alone and we need you to help us take action! ๐Ÿ‘

 

Earlier this year, we were delighted that World Ocean Day, which is officially recognised globally by the UN, has chosen Conservation Volunteers Australia as their in-country partner, and as a result we launched the first World Ocean Day Down Under.

 

 

CVA is also supporting the Youth Ocean Carnival in Sydney to champion youth-led leadership in ocean and nature conservation with schools.

 

With enough support, thereโ€™ll be no limit to:

๐ŸŒ The number of Australians that can make a meaningful contribution to reversing the problem of ocean pollution.

๐ŸŒŠ The amount of plastic removed from rivers and waterways in cities and towns all over Australia.

๐Ÿธ The number of threatened species actively being protected.

๐Ÿ™โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ™โ€โ™‚๏ธ The growth in custodianship of local wetlands, rivers and creeks by individuals, community groups and business staff in all our cities.

๐Ÿ’š The quantity of good news stories whose reach will further encourage even more participation, in turn creating wins for every community, every waterway and every creature that relies on healthy waters.

Taking control of the pollution reaching our rivers and ocean begins with our choices and actions.

๐ŸŒŠ CVA World Ocean Day Events ๐ŸŒŠ

SYDNEY

12th June 2024, 10:00AM, World Ocean Day: Sustainable Skincare Workshop, Syd Frost Memorial Hall.

GLADSTONE (QLD)

12th June 2024, 7:30am, World Ocean Day Celebration, Gladstone CVA Office.

HOBART
16th June 2024, 10AM, Clean-up for World Ocean Day, Prince of Wales Bay.

PERTH
18th June 2024, 8:50AM, World Ocean Day Celebration, Bibra Lake, The Wetlands Centre Cockburn.

MELBOURNE
19th June 2024, 9.45AM, World Ocean Day: Sustainable Skincare Workshop, Hobsons Bay Wetland Centre.

BRISBANE
22nd June 2024, 9:45AM, World Ocean Day: Suttons Beach Clean Up, Redcliffe.

ADELAIDE
16th June 2024, 9.30AM, World Ocean Day: Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary.

GET INVOLVED:

Volunteer your time at a cleanup event!ย 

Take action at home!ย 

Donate

Become a Partner

So.. Are you ready to take action?