Talk about a WILD week at Wild Mob!
Our Youth Ambassadors have been out on the reef with the Wild Mob team, putting the wheels in motion for a very important project. Here’s Youth Ambassador Charlie Hamblyn with an update!
Last week, we took our first steps towards launching our Great Barrier Reef marine debris campaign.
We know that is our turn to change the tide on debris in our oceans. And we are stepping up to the challenge!
The Cumberland Islands are a gorgeous group of islands that make up part of the Great Barrier Reef. They are a devastatingly beautiful ecosystem that harbour equally beautiful species of flora and fauna.
Unfortunately, large amounts of OUR rubbish and debris has been washing up on their shores, affecting the natural habitat and marine life ecosystems. Just because we can’t see it at first glance, doesn’t mean it’s not having a negative impact.
Our team of ambassadors are a diverse mix of teenagers with varying skills, interests and experience. We all fit together to form a well-functioning team that works cooperatively, collaboratively and comfortably with around each other.
It is because our team is so suited to and passionate about the task at hand, that we have been able to plan an almost unstoppable campaign over these last few days.
With the gorgeous yet fragile Cumberland Islands as a workspace, we have spent hard hours brainstorming, planning, visiting sites and filming campaign material and gathering data. It has been a careful process in which we have created an effective and time efficient plan.
We are lucky enough to be joined by an amazing group of mentors to help guide us with their experience and expertise in logistics, event planning, communications, environmental knowledge and general organisational skills.
Our finalised mission is to remove more than 40, 150L bags of marine debris collected from the beaches in the Cumberland Islands by Youth Ambassadors and other valued Wild Mob volunteers, and transport them to the mainland at Mackay.
When the marine debris arrives back at the mainland, we aim to hold a huge public audit and send data to Tangaroa Blue, Australia’s national marine debris database.
Protect the sea. Pick up debris!
Not only do we want to remove this waste from the islands but we also want to engage the local community in hopes of inspiring and motivating them to reduce their plastic consumption and pick up rubbish in their communities – especially on beaches.
Our call to action for everyone wanting to get involved is simple: Protect the sea. Pick up debris!
We need your support!
We’ll be launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to execute this project. We’d love it if you could help us out in any way. Every bit counts! Stay tuned for more.