Tasmania Marine Debris Clean Up. Photo courtesy of: © Johnny Abegg
Piles of rubbish collected from the Abrolhos Islands on Clean up Australia Day, 2012 have been transformed into remarkable works of art.
The Flotsam and Jetsam exhibition featuring art work made from Clean Up Australia day 2012 is currently on display at Geraldton’s Latitude Gallery, until April 30th.
The Flotsam and Jetsam exhibition, Geraldton’s Latitude Gallery, Featuring art work made from Clean Up Australia day 2012, at the Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia. Image source: From Washed Up Rubbish to Gallery Art, a ABC Video
22nd Clean Up Australia Day: 2012
An estimated 591 400 volunteers removed a staggering 16 199 tonnes of rubbish from 7363 Clean Up Sites across the country, streets, parks, beaches and bushland.
It all started in 1989, when an average Australian bloke had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard, Clean Up Sydney Harbour.
The event received an enormous public response with more than 40,000 Sydneysiders donating their time and energy to clean up the harbor.
The next year Clean Up Australia Day was born.
Ian and his committee believed that if a capital city could be mobilised into action, then so could the whole nation. Almost 300,000 volunteers turned out on the first Clean Up Australia Day in 1990 and that involvement has steadily increased ever since.
This simple idea has now become the nation’s largest community-based environmental event…
The Flotsam and Jetsam exhibition, Geraldton’s Latitude Gallery, Featuring art work made from Clean Up Australia day 2012, at the Abrolhos Islands,western Australia.Image source: From Washed Up Rubbish to Gallery Art, a ABC Video
The South West Marine Debris Cleanup: Tasmania
Tasmania Marine Debris Clean Up. Photo courtesy of: ©Johnny Abegg
The South West Marine Debris Cleanup is an annual trip orchestrated by Environmental Scientist Matt Dell to the remote wilderness of Tasmania, where tonnes of rubbish can be found on the beaches of this pristine and isolated environment.
This is his story.
Thanks to Patagonia for their ongoing support of environmental issues.
For more about the cleanup, or to make a donation visit: marinedebris.blogspot