The #binbagchallenge - Are You Ready to Show Your Love for The Ocean by Accepting this Challenge Today?
When was the last time you saw a beach without trash, went diving without seeing plastic underwater or walked a street without cigarette butts? Unless you live in a place where others get paid to clean-up after you, you are likely to have seen this (fast growing) problem. Now here is the good news: With the #binbagchallenge you can be part of the tipping point. Let's go viral for our oceans!
Millions of metric tons of plastic are entering our oceans every year. We have to change to make sure that there is no more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. We need to stop using single-use plastic and take better care of our waste around the world, but let's start easy. Prevent trash to enter the oceans by throwing all trash in a bin, don't just drop it where you stand or throw it overboard.
This is where the #binbagchallenge comes in, and it is my favourite social media challenge so far! The #binbagchallenge, in short, focuses on collecting one bag (mesh bag/biodegradable/reused plastic preferably) of plastic and other rubbish from the beach, while diving, a park or any other place. The fun part is to share it on Facebook and challenge your friends to do the same, make a wave! I believe this will boost a new and necessary habit, to clean up after yourself! Even if you already put your trash in a bin, let's set an example for everybody and pick-up the trash left by others. How long will it take you to fill one bag of trash? 5-10 minutes?
There is already so much waste in our oceans - mother nature needs a hand. Let's show people around the world that cleaning up (after yourself) and not throwing waste on the street/beach or in the sea is the new standard. For this reason I love this #binbagchallenge (the name really says it all) even more than the ice bucket challenge, as it has a long term goal.
Collecting a bag full of trash does not need to stop after the challenge, once you have done it you might pick up some rubbish the next time you are on the beach as well... This makes it different from the other challenges, you are creating a good habit, plus - there is no donation needed!
Watch the video by BrightVibes: Fishing for plastic - Join the #binbagchallenge now.
Other ocean lovers who have accepted the #binbagchallenge (photos from www.facebook.com/binbagchallenge/)
The #binbagchallenge - let's go viral for our oceans!
Plastic waste, especially in the oceans, is a problem for nature worldwide. In order to combat this, everyone can do something. This is the reason why the #binbagchallenge of rateyourdive.com, the world’s unique platform to compare and rate dive-professionals, dive Centres and liveaboards, and the German division of Ban’s Diving Resort, a diving school on Koh Tao, invites you to do the following:
Users are encouraged to collect trash on beaches, in the ocean or simply at a nearby park and to photograph themselves with the filled bin bag (hence the name of the challenge). These photos are compiled with the hashtag #binbagchallenge and posted on one's own Facebook page. Who has participated then nominates other friends to collect waste as well.
All the accomplishments of the challenge up to now can be found at: www.facebook.com/binbagchallenge/
"Thanks to the idea of "virality", small steps are taken worldwide to fight environmental pollution. The objective above all is to raise awareness for this issue and put pressure on politicians and the economy, forcing them to do something as well”, as Ricardo Wenzel, CEO of rateyourdive.com, summarizes the intention of the challenge. In doing so, rubbish collection is deliberately not limited to the oceans, because the problem of waste begins already directly on your doorstep.
Co-initiator Alex Mitsch of the German team of Ban’s Diving Resorts on Koh Tao exemplifies: "No matter where you are, whether in Thailand or Germany – if you walk around anywhere for an hour and do not find any rubbish that you can pick up, then you will get a free diving course from me!"
Are you ready for the #binbagchallenge? Are you ready to take action for the ocean?
Accept the #binbagchallenge, share your photos!
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