Join the Plastic Patrol
28th June, 2018
Adventurer Lizzie Carr is on a mission to explore the UK and highlight environmental issues affecting our waterways, she has launched a nationwide #PlasticPatrol campaign to rid inland water of plastic pollution.
Plastic pollution is a huge environmental catastrophe for the planet, 80% of marine debris comes from inland sources – including canals and rivers. Fighting against the millions of tonnes of plastic that enters our oceans annually is no easy task, but tackling the issue from the root of its problem would reduce impact significantly.
Plastic Patrol is all about bringing together the efforts of committed individuals by inviting people to share plastic pollution finds from anywhere in the world. “By crowdsourcing data we are able to create a realistic picture of the plastic problem,” says Lizzie “We can then process this to identity trends, hot spots and pressure points that will allow us to make real and immediate change.”
People can download the Plastic Patrol App or use the hastag #PlasticPatrol on social media to help log plastic waste. The data captured from plastic patrol contributions will help uncover trends, clearly illustrated by evidence, that can be shared with councils, authorities and other leading figures to help improve litter collection and removal efforts, bin placement locations and other key issues.
“Plastic not only impacts the health and wellbeing of wildlife and marine species, but research has also shown that it’s also filtering into the human food chain. The consequence? There are huge implications on our own health,” says Lizzie.
The Plastic Patrol app is completely free to download. Get involved today and be part of the revolution. #PlasticPatrol is about engaging people with the issue of plastic pollution through adventure and nature, helping to safeguard our seas for the future.