We are all aware of plastic pollution, we know we need to cut down on its usage and we need to invest in finding alternatives. But it's only when you see footage like the video below via BBC Earth that you really get a sense of how bad things are.
It's the small ideas that have the biggest impact, this week I learnt about an environmental initiative that has taken place in Utrecht, Holland.
Today we have a little throwback to the "world’s largest beach cleanup project". Versova beach in Mumbai went through a drastic transformation thanks to Afroz Shah and a team of more than 1000 volunteers.
With one of the highest deforestation records in Asia after decades of logging and natural disasters The Bonn Challenge aims to restore the damage.
"When whales were at their historic populations, before great numbers of them were killed, it seems that they might have been responsible for removing tens of millions of tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere every year."
An urban rooftop farm, Brooklyn Grange takes growing veg to new levels. Located over two rooftops in New York City it is the second largest rooftop soil farm on the planet spanning over 2.5 acres.
According to The Guardian a million plastic bottles are purchased every minute across the world. When you consider that on average one plastic bottle will take approximately 450 years to fully degrade, that's a lot of plastic waste!
It is estimated that Kenya uses 24 million plastic bags every month, half of which are poorly disposed of and end up in roadsides and illegally made dumping sites.
According to The Guardian the number of single-use bags handed out in the UK have dropped to 500m in the first six months since the charge came in. Compared with 7bn the previous year, a drop of 6.5bn, it means that we as a nation are finally reducing, reusing and recycling!
If we want a secure and more sustainable world we need to work with the kids of today, guiding them for a better future. I was absolutely blown away when I saw this school in Uruguay teaching sustainability as part of their curriculum.