MALIBU, Calif., U.S. – Plastic Oceans International and Breathe Conservation are two global nonprofit organizations dedicated to solving the plastic pollution problem by a swim against Plastic Easter Island. So they announced Swim Against Plastic: Easter Island. It’s a campaign to raise awareness about plastic pollution with a world-record swim. Also including an education and beach cleanups on Easter Island in March.
Sarah Ferguson is a former national swimmer for South Africa. She is also founder of Breathe Conservation. It will attempt to set a world record to become the first person ever to swim the entire perimeter of Easter Island. Her journey will cover more than 40 miles (65 kilometers) through cold water and dangerous current. The swim estimated to take up to 24 hours to complete.
“This is a huge challenge, but my passion for ocean protection and rehabilitation is a strong driving force that fuels this dream,” said Sarah Ferguson, founder of Breathe Conservation. “It is our responsibility to protect the ocean. So I’m proud to partner with Plastic Oceans International. Especially on this campaign to fight the problem of plastic pollution.”
Located in the South Pacific Ocean between Chile and New Zealand. Easter Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Chilean territory. One considered the most remote inhabited island on the planet. The waters surrounding the island contain one of the highest concentrations of microplastics. That’s in the world. Thereby the most of which originates from sources thousands of miles away. In addition, 20 tons of trash produced daily on the island. So waste management issues, especially related to the growing tourism industry, are prevalent.
Swim Against Plastic: Easter Island includes a series of beach cleanups to help restore Easter Island’s fragile environment. Plastic Oceans and Breathe Conservation are organizing the events with the island’s local communities. As well as nonprofit organizations, encouraging all residents to take part.
Plastic Oceans and local residents will conduct a series of programs. All to decide the specific causes contributing to plastic pollution on Easter Island. Once the roots of pollution targeted, they will work jointly to find solutions. Results and ways to prevent plastic pollution shared throughout local communities, with students and schools, charitable organizations, government officials and businesses.
In conclusion, anyone can join Swim Against Plastic: Easter Island to get informed, inspired and make changes to solve plastic pollution. Finally, follow the progress of Sarah Ferguson’s world record-breaking swim using #SwimAgainstPlastic. Campaign information is available online at SwimAgainstPlastic.com.
Sources: Plastic Oceans International plasticoceans.org, Breathe Conservation breatheconservation.org.