Take 3 is excited to announce the launch of our new program, Climate, Clean Ups and Classrooms. We have long been highlighting the climate impacts of plastic however it is time for us to dive deeper and investigate the contribution plastic makes to our individual carbon footprint.
To coincide with National Science Week, Take 3 will be launching the program to students on Thursday 19th August, thanks to our launch partners Single O.
The program will consist of a two-hour interactive virtual session where students investigate the carbon footprint resulting from their household’s plastic use in a climate awareness workshop, which will also explore climate justice and intergenerational equity issues. Students will have the opportunity to be inspired by and connect with young passionate guest speakers: climate justice advocate Varsha Yajman, data scientist/analyst Jordan Gactuan and Bachelor of Climate Science and Adaptation student Elise Chandler.
Take 3’s C3: Climate, Clean Ups and Classrooms program can stand alone or scaffold onto our previous school’s educational programs, adding another layer of understanding of the plastic pollution problem – this time through the lens of climate change.
If plastic production/use grows as currently planned, by 2030 plastic emissions could reach 1.34 gigatons per year— equivalent to the emissions released by more than 295 new 500-megawatt coal-fired power plants.
Roberta Dixon-Valk, Take 3 Founder and Head of Programs said: “Establishing the plastic and climate connection is critical as the plastics crisis is a climate crisis hiding in plain sight.”
“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate science update this week concluded (in part) – Responding to climate change means doing everything possible to reduce emissions. Our climate is not merely changing, the rate of change is now accelerating. Every fraction of a degree matters. This means we must take immediate action on reducing our obsession with plastic.”
The report also explains that human actions still have the potential to determine the future course of climate. IPCC’s Co-Chair, Panmao Zhai explained: “Stabilizing the climate will require strong, rapid, and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and reaching net zero CO2 emissions.”
Take 3 believe in simple actions to solve complex problems – and although climate change is a mighty complex problem – it can be solved.
Take 3’s CEO, Sarah Beard said: “Through Climate, Clean Ups and Classrooms, Take 3 is addressing the urgent need for action on climate change through the lens of plastics. At every step of its lifecycle, plastic creates greenhouse gas emissions and is a major contributor to climate change.”
“Through education that inspires participation, Take 3 has been building a global movement to tackle the plastic pollution crisis facing our oceans for over 11 years. Our goal with our Climate, Clean Ups and Classrooms program, is to provide a platform for the next generation to take action on climate. By reducing plastic, we can reduce our impact on climate change.”
Take 3 are looking forward to commencing the first two C3 incursions, once lockdown restrictions ease, thanks to Single O.
To support our C3 program you can donate here, become a Friend of Take 3, or join our growing volunteers program. Keep an eye on our socials and stay with us on this journey as we fight the plastic pollution crisis together and reduce our impact on climate change.