What inspired you to take action for the ocean and raise awareness around littering?
I started the #MissionLitterPickup because I would see so much litter lying around when I used to walk my dog. I would then pick up 2 to 3 pieces and carry it to the nearest bin. I could have filled a bag but I used to forget to take one with me. After 6 months of forgetting to take a bag, I remembered one day and took one. I then got home and emptied the contents to dispose of it responsibly and I was confronted by how much litter I had collected on a 20 minute walk! I decided to take a pic of it and post it on our Community Facebook page. My posts had a lot of engagement and so I decided to post them to the surrounding suburbs community pages too. Lots of people have since started doing the same and it has sparked quite a movement. The key element of the project is to share a pic and post on social media so more people can get confronted and inspired to get on board with the project!
What inspired you to apply to become a PCFML Ocean Ambassador?
I am joining Positive Change for Marine life because firstly having met Karl Goodsell, the CEO and Founder, I was more than impressed with his passion, sincerity, perseverance and most of all the integrity with which he operates. I believe that we are in a very critical time in human history with regards to the state of our environment and ocean and, unless we join forces with like-minded people and organizations and work together toward positive change, we will most probably not be able to turn this ship around. PCFML is already making a huge difference to marine life and many other associated areas and that really inspired me to apply to become an Ocean Ambassador.
Growing up in India I am aware of the horrendous extent of pollution in waterways and the ocean and I am ever so grateful that PCFML has chosen to work in my home country! I feel humbled to know that I will be working with people who care so deeply for our ocean that they have given selflessly of their time and I am honoured to have been selected at one of PCFML’s Ocean Ambassadors in 2018!
Some more about Carolyn and why we selected her as a 2018 PCFML Ocean Ambassador.
We realise that many people in cities, suburbs and country towns often have limited engagement with the sea, yet the impacts of litter from these regions still have an enormous impact on the ocean and thus, need to be addressed. We are inspired by #MissionLitterPickup’s simple message and broad appeal, which reflects how every single one of us can make a difference every single day to #HonourtheOcean no matter where they are!
In 2018 Carolyn was nominated for #MissionLitterPickup in the Brisbane Cleaner Suburbs Award in the individual category, in which she took home the People’s Choice Award!
Mission Litter Pickup is now at stage two, where the project is forming collaborative partnerships with people and groups within the communities in which it operates, whilst actively engaging school students by getting schools to host waste challenges with each other and start War on Waste groups in their schools.
She is also working with her local Councillors, MP’s, Local businesses and Brisbane City Council to run regular community clean-ups followed by old fashioned community picnics to create more connected neighbourhoods. We are proud to have Carolyn on board and will be sharing the progress of #MissionLitterPickup as they continue to achieve some great outcomes across the Brisbane region and beyond!
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