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In 2009, two friends set about answering this question. Marine ecologist, Roberta Dixon-Valk and youth educator, Amanda Marechal developed Take 3 – an idea where a simple action could produce profound consequences. Joining forces with environmentalist Tim Silverwood, the trio publicly launched Take 3 as an organisation in 2010.
Their message was simple: Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or…anywhere, and you have made a difference.
Plastic pollution is devastating oceans, killing wildlife, changing our climate and threatening the health of our planet. Plastic is a material designed to last forever that we often use only once. Poorly managed plastic ends up in the sea because the ocean is downhill from everywhere. Take 3 is working to create a world where the over-use and mismanagement of plastics is not tolerated. We aim to shape public opinion, influence decision makers and nurture intergenerational communities to take personal responsibility for protecting the oceans from plastic pollution.
Turtles are truly ancient beings. The oldest known fossil is 120 million years old, meaning they were around long before humans. But the plastic we create is devastating marine turtles, leaving them starving, choking or tangled in plastic waste. Too many turtles are innocent victims of our careless consumption and mismanagement of plastic. We owe it to the turtles to make plastic pollution a thing of the past.