CVA Updates

News & Community February Issue 6: We Can All Take Action To End Plastic Pollution

The context

Plastic pollution is a critical threat to our ecosystems and biodiversity. It has devastating effects on marine life, causing fatalities from ingestion or entanglement. In addition, microplastics, ingested by smaller creatures like plankton, enter the food chain and eventually our diets, with humans potentially consuming up to five grams of plastic weekly (Source: WWF Australia).

But plastic pollution is solvable problem. We can tackle it together!

If you live near the ocean or important water systems in Australia (like 87% of Australians do), you can play a big role in reducing ocean plastic.

Since 80% of ocean plastic comes from urban areas, our day-to-day choices can make a huge difference in reducing plastic waste in our waterways and the ocean.

“Almost all Australians (87%) live close to the ocean or to the rivers and wetlands that are integral to the health of Australia’s coast while the majority (80%) of the plastics that plague the ocean originate in rivers, creeks, and storm water systems.” — Phil Harrison, CEO at Conservation Volunteers Australia

Our community-led actions

Did you know that in the past three years, our amazing team of over 11,000 volunteers at Conversation Volunteers Australia have collected more than 299,300 plastic items from beaches and rivers across Australia? It’s a testament to how much of a difference we can make when we come together!

We had a memorable experience during our inaugural World Ocean Day Down Under event on January 24, 2024.

This event is a part of our nationwide initiative to protect Australia’s oceans, wetlands and rivers. Our awesome team of 37 volunteers managed to collect a staggering 20.21 kg of rubbish.

Watch the recap of our World Ocean Day Down Under launch event at Nudgee Beach, QLD!

And, guess what? There’s still time for you to jump on board with one of our community events!

As the first official ‘National Partner’ of The Ocean Project and World Ocean Day, we’re organising a whopping 75 community-led events that run from January to March 2024.

Our goals? To put a stop to litter, boost biodiversity, and lend a helping hand to community groups. We’d love for you to join us!

DYI at-home actions

We totally get it – not everyone can join our on-ground volunteering projects. And that’s absolutely okay!

Remember, our residential areas are the starting points of plastic pollution. So, whether you’re rolling up your sleeves at one of our community projects or making a difference right from your kitchen, trust us, you’re a superstar!

Here are four easy-to-implement tips you can start using today to reduce your waste from the comfort of your home:

  • Let’s purchase less: By buying less, we not only save our money but also reduce the amount of plastic waste. It’s a win-win!
  • Say no to single-use plastics: These plastics only have one real use before they’re tossed away. Replace single-use water bottles, straws, utensils and bags with reusable options.
  • Embrace the power of reusing, recycling, swapping and repurposing: Besides less consumption, choosing to reuse, recycle, swap and repurpose items helps us avoid buying anything new. This magic trick helps banish waste that ends up in our beautiful ocean and waterways.
  • Get involved in our upcoming SeaToSource Plastic Waste Challenge: Download our CVA Community App and be the first one to know about our SeaToSource Plastic Waste Challenge. You’ll be able to do a plastic waste audit and understand a lot more about your consumption habits! Knowledge is power.

Expansion of the “Revive Our Wetlands” and “Urban Shade Project” with Chevron Australia 🌳

We’re excited to announce the expansion of our Revive Our Wetlands initiative and our Urban Shade Project at CVA, where we aim to foster a community of Nature Stewards inspired to rebuild nature locally and beyond.

Thanks to our national partner, Chevron Australia, we are able to continue the restoration of wetlands and the strengthening of biodiversity. Wetlands and urban forests, known for their biodiversity, are areas of focus.

Since 2008, our impact has been felt across Australian conservation and communities with more than 20,000 volunteers helping us to plant 455,000 native plants, manage invasive weeds across 218 hectares, remove 14 tonnes of litter and centre First Nations Knowledge through cultural workshops, talk, and tours, and establish important urban shade forests.

We are grateful to our volunteers and sponsors, especially Chevron Australia, for their generous support.

Join our community of conservation volunteers across Australia by downloading our CVA Community app and signing up for volunteering projects.

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Other news

Giving Back To Nature One Block At A Time

Thanks Sheree Hoddinett of the Local Times for writing this wonderful article about our Nature Blocks children’s workshop last month at the Hideout Café in Brisbane. Read the article.

Creating the future we want: the placemaking approach

Town Team Movement and Relationships Australia are inspiring individuals and communities to contribute to local biodiversity and placemaking. Read the article right here.

Photo credit: WA Loves Nature

Leaders for Nature Forum (March 13th, Sydney)

The Leaders for Nature forum, graciously hosted by SalesForce, invites executives to address marine pollution on March 13th in Sydney. Register right here.