The environmental issue I have chosen is ocean plastic waste. I chose this issue as my topic for the comparative analysis because I have always had a passion and deep concern for the cleanliness of our oceans in order to uphold the health and biodiversity of our aquatic wildlife and preserve our water for generations ahead. Completing the ‘Addicted to Plastic’ assignment earlier in the semester only strengthened my concern and desire to do something about the plastic dumping in oceans. My first organization I have chosen is Greenpeace. The second organization I have chosen is Plastic Oceans.
The purpose and goal of the my first initiative, Greenpeace. Greenpeace is executing a movement to pressure corporations from discarding plastic into our oceans as well as stop the extensive use of plastic packaging that can only be used once. Plastic Oceans has a campaign where you can apply to host a film screening in your community, school or with friends and family. The film is titled ‘A Plastic Ocean’, it has gained a lot of viewers as it is featured on Netflix and became number one on iTunes in three countries. I have watched the film and it left a huge impact on the way I now dispose of my plastic as well as my single-use plastic intake. It is a very emotional film as I understand now how it has received remarkable popularity and why they have chosen this as their method to reach the goal of stopping the flow of plastic being dumped into our oceans.
The video below is a trailer for the film Plastic Oceans has campaigned across the globe.
Credit from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zrn4-FfbXw
Greenpeace has a campaign that is calling on big corporations to act to reduce their plastic footprint and stop producing one use only plastic. Also working through marine reserves to work on protecting our oceans and ocean health. They want 20 marine reserves in U.S. waters to help preserve wildlife being affected by this. They have petitions you can sign to demand corporations to stop producing these one use only plastics. They also have a donation box that goes towards helping the ocean cleanup and also have an outline where you can send corporations an email voicing your concerns.
Plastic Oceans has their film campaign where you can host the film ‘A Plastic Ocean’ in your community. They also have a donation box on their site where you can donate to help clean up the oceans. This goes directly to people who clean up the oceans and fund their cleaning. “Educating. Inspiring. Protecting. Through film and other digital media” (Plastic Oceans 2017).
This picture explains how plastic remains in the ocean. This is a serious problem as it takes years and years for the plastic to break down. This is why we need these initiatives to clean the oceans, and help prevent plastic from entering the oceans.
Image from: http://www.dw.com/en/six-data-visualizations-that-explain-the-plastic-problem/a-36861883
Greenpeace is a worldwide organization. They have tons of offices located all over the world. From China to Africa to North America. The closest office to us is located in Toronto Canada.
Plastic Oceans is an American non-profit organization that is existing under the laws of California.
WHAT IS HAPPENING?
Environmental sustainability means that the rate of consumption does not exceed the rate of regeneration. Social sustainability is defined as creating equitable wages for all workers, a diverse community and ensure a healthy good environment for all people and quality of life. Economic sustainability is when is to support the population and make sure everyone is living in preferred standard of living.
Greenpeace and Plastic Oceans is both meeting the goal of environmental sustainability because they are helping clean the oceans not using any products that are harmful to the environment and is in fact helping our environment. They also successfully complete this by encouraging others to live environmentally friendly, and providing ways the worldwide community can make the world a cleaner and healthier place to live. For Plastic Oceans since their initiative is mostly all done online they are very environmentally sustainable. For economic sustainability, since they are non-profit organizations no one is being paid for the work being done. The money that is donated goes directly to their cause and help clean the oceans which makes both of these organizations effective. Social Sustainability, everyone who is involved is treated with respect and treated with the utmost rights.
Out of the two initiatives Greenpeace is the most effective. It is the most effective because, they have easier access to their offices as they have many locations all around the world making it easier to contact them as well. They also have many ways to collect donations to ensure their work gets completed.
Greenpeace USA. (n.d). Protecting Our Oceans. Retrieved from
Greenpeace’s campaign is a great way to target corporations and reduce use of single-use plastic. This is the first organization I will be campaigning with.
Grün, Gianna-Carina. (December 30, 2016). Six data visualizations that explain the plastic
problem. Retrieved from
This website provided me with graphs and information on the number of plastic waste being disposed in oceans and also the affects it has on marine life.
National Geographic. (October 10, 2017). Ocean Trash 5.25 Trillion Pieces and
Counting. Retrieved from
National Geographic provided me with information and visuals about the 5 ocean gyres that accumulate plastic.
Plastic Oceans Foundation. (2017). Rethink Plastic. Save Our Seas. Retrieved from
Plastic Oceans has a great campaign on spreading awareness about plastic use and an amazing emotional and world known video on the effect of plastic in our oceans. This is the secound organization I will be campaigning with.