Take a look around. Most of what we eat, drink, or use comes packaged in petroleum plastic- a material designed to last forever, yet used for products that we then throw away daily. What happens to all of this plastic? Unfortunately, roughly 50 percent of the plastic produced in the world is currently buried in landfills and much of it remains “unaccounted for,” lost in the environment where it ultimately washes out to sea.
On Monday, October 15, representatives from Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront and 5 Gyres Last Straw Bike Tour are teaming up to help educate and inspire the public about the dangers of marine plastic pollution. From 9:30 am to 11:30 am, volunteers from Adventure Aquarium, 5 Gyres Last Straw Bike Tour and the Jersey Shore Chapter of the SurfRider Foundation will come together to host a local “River Sweep” at Michael J Doyle Park on the Camden, NJ Waterfront. The public clean-up effort is being held to help raise awareness about the dangers of marine pollution and to inspire area residents to act locally against marine pollution.
Immediately following (at 11:45 am), the public is invited to attend a FREE presentation by 5 Gyres Last Straw Bike Tour in Adventure Aquarium’s CURRENTS Ballroom, which offers views into the Aquarium’s 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit. Presenters will speak, firsthand, about the Tour, a 1,400-mile bicycle ride being held to help educate and inspire solutions to the marine plastic pollution problem plaguing the world’s oceans. The group also aims to provide practical tips to help reduce plastic consumption and waste with the ultimate goal of protecting our oceans– and ultimately ourselves.
“We’re thrilled be able to come together with representatives from 5 Gyres and Surf Rider to bring much-needed awareness to the issue of plastic pollution,” said Dave Littlehale, Zoological Manager at Adventure Aquarium. “Working together as a team, we hope to inspire future generations to carry on a legacy of ocean protection.”
5 Gyres Last Straw Bike Tour is riding from Boston, MA to Charleston, SC in an effort to bring attention to this critically important topic. At each of the cities, 5 Gyres is conducting a clean-up and doing a presentation on plastic packaging and the pollution risk plastics pose to marine life. Philadelphia is the 6th stop on this multi-city tour.
To learn more about opportunities to volunteer for the River Sweep on October 15th, call Adventure Aquarium at (856) 365-3300. To attend the FREE Marine Pollution presentation by 5 Gyres Last Straw Bike Tour, simply come to Adventure Aquarium’s CURRENTS Ballroom at 11:45 am on Monday, October 15th. The presentation will begin at 12:00 pm.