The Plastic Problem
The Great Barrier Reef islands off Mackay host some of the most unique and beautiful ecosystems in the world.
But plastic and other debris is having a devastating impact on the species that call these ecosystems home:
8 million tonnes of debris enter the ocean every year
That’s 230kg per second
Every square km of deep ocean contains about four billion plastic fibres
Approximately 100 000 marine mammals and turtles are killed by plastic annually worldwide
By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish
Over the past year, Wild Mob volunteers have picked up more than 40X 150L bags of plastic and other marine debris from islands across the Great Barrier Reef. That’s more than 800kg of plastic, tyres, oil drums, even an entire aluminium tinny!
But our catamaran Wild Cat is simply too small to bring it back to the mainland. We place much of the debris above the tideline so it can’t make its way back to the ocean. But it’s only a temporary solution.
Cue our Ambassadors, who have come up with a plan to charter a barge out to the islands, collect the debris, and bring it back to the mainland, removing it from the natural ecosystem for good.
Your donation will go directly towards barge costs, equipment hire, as well as responsible disposal of the debris back on the mainland.
Donate what you can: every dollar will get us closer to making this plan a reality. All donations are tax deductible.
Donate $50: you’ll receive a Wild Mob branded calico bag (to pick up rubbish and marine debris in your local community)
Donate $75: you’ll receive your very own Wild Mob T shirt
Donate $100: you’ll receive a copy of Wild Mob board member James Dryburgh’s latest book The Balfour Correspondent, signed Former Greens leader Dr Bob Brown.
Donate $1000: you’ll receive a free Wild Mob trip of your choice! Check out our upcoming adventures here
Spread the word
You can also help us spread the word by sharing our story with your friends and family. And together, we can turn the tide on plastic in our oceans. Let’s do this!
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Protect the sea. Pick up debris!
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Our Youth Ambassadors are bringing more than 800kg of marine debris collected by our Mobsters back from the GBR Islands. They’ll need your support to do it!