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World Ocean Day: Sharing stories to protect our environment

The Plastic Free July Team | 8 June 2020

Today is World Oceans Day. The purpose of World Oceans Day is to grow the movement to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030 and we invite you to join us.

Here at Plastic Free July, protecting the ocean is an issue that’s close to our hearts. We have seen first-hand the damage that’s being caused to the ocean and all the species that live in it by single-use plastics and other plastic waste. 

For this reason, for the last 10 years, we have taken matters into our own hands and been championing the solutions – and the people – that are bringing about change. This has meant asking ‘how can we continue to create change together?’ rather than ‘what difference can one person make?’. 

Sharing these ideas and acknowledging the real positive difference that we are each making has been core to this mission.  And to continue to spread the word and grow our movement to end plastic waste, we’ve been gathering together some of those stories.  

What better day than today, on World Oceans Day, to tell you that…

…we’ve written a book!

Plastic Free: the inspiring story of a global environmental movement and why it matters, by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and Joanna Atherfold Finn is being published by NewSouth Books on 1st July.

The book is bursting with practical and innovative ways to reduce plastic waste one step — and one piece of plastic — at a time. It includes inspiring stories of people around the world who are making change in their homes, communities, workplaces, schools and businesses.  

As part of the book launch, we’re collecting as many #plasticfreestories as possible and we’d love to hear from you. 

Tell us your greatest #plasticfreestories by tagging @plasticfreejuly and we’ll repost them.

Until next time, 

Plastic Free July team

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