#WorldOceansDay
June 8th, 2018


Plastic Pollution Resources


A step by step guide "to creating positive change in your community through reducing single-use plastics" such as establishing a plastic bag ban or similar ordinance, and it also offers insight on increasing awareness of plastic pollution issues through education and awareness.


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Activist Toolkit | Surfrider Foundation • English
Aquatic Cleanup Guide • English
How Does Marine Litter Affect People? | MARLISCO • English

This simple but effective poster describes the four main ways animals are impacted by trash in our ocean


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How Does Marine Plastic Effect Wildlife and Ecosystems? | MARLISCO • English

A comprehensive infographic decribing the ways in which microplastics are generated


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How Microplastics are Generated | UN Environment • English
How plastic microbeads are causing big problems • English
How to Talk About Plastic and the Ocean • English

A broad overview of the issue from the masters at National Geographic. (For online viewing only)


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How We Can Keep Plastics Out of Our Ocean | National Geographic • English
Integrated Arts Marine Debris Curriculum | Washed Ashore • English

The famous singer emphasizes the importance of everyone reducing their use of single-use plastics


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Jack Johnson Pledges and Sings for World Environment Day | UN Environment • English

A compelling two-minute film about microbeads


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Let’s Ban the Bead! | Story of Stuff • English
Marine Litter in Numbers |MARLISCO • English
Microbeads from Personal Care Products | 5 Gyres Institute • English

A compelling overview of the issue narrated by actor Jeff Bridges (2016)


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Open Your Eyes (2016) | Plastic Pollution Coalition • English

A comprehensive infographic aimed at improving understanding the role and importance of the different pathways by which plastics reach the ocean.


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Pathways and Uxes of Plastics into the Oceans | UN Environment • English

This infographic shows how the geographical distribution of marine plastic debris is strongly influenced by the entry points and the different transport pathways


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Plastic Currents | UN Environment • English

Report from IUCN


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Plastic Debris in the Ocean (2014) | IUCN • English

Learn more about the impacts of plastic pollution on the marine environment through this video courtesy of CNN.


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Plastic Island • English

An overview of the scientific research paper, published in 2014 by Dr. Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, that estimated more than 5 trillion plastic pieces weighing over 250,000 tons afloat at sea.


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Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans | from 5 Gyres Institute • English
Plasticized Animal Species - Entangled | UN Environment • English

This ingraphic shows animals that are at risk from the ingestion of hazardous chemicals that are in the plastic or adsorbed on its surface.


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Plasticized Animal Species - Ingestion | UN Environment • English
Plastics in the Marine Environment | Sea Change Project • English
Plastics in the Ocean | NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) • English

A comprehensive infographic covering the reasons why "avoiding environmental pollution is a better and cheaper option than cleaning up or mitigating the impact of pollution."


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Preventing is Better Than Cleaning Up | UN Environment • English

Report from IUCN


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Primary Microplastics in the Oceans (2017) | IUCN • English
Quick Facts (Arabic) | Plastic Pollution Coalition • Arabic
Quick Facts (Chinese) | Plastic Pollution Coalition • Chinese
Quick Facts (German) | Plastic Pollution Coalition • German
Quick Facts (Greek) | Plastic Pollution Coalition • English
Quick Facts (Portuguese) | Plastic Pollution Coalition • English
Quick Facts (Spanish) | Plastic Pollution Coalition • Spanish

The coalition's printable quick facts for sharing.


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Quick Facts | Plastic Pollution Coalition • English
See How It Feels to Be an Ocean Animal Stuck in a Plastic Bag • English

A clever video in support of the campaign to #stopsucking on single use plastic straws (strawlessocean.org).


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Sucker Punch (Video) | Lonely Whale Foundation • English

Report from UNEP & NOAA


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The Honolulu Strategy: A Global Framework for Prevention and Management of Marine Debris | UNEP & NOAA • English

The making of “Turtle Ocean," a 12 foot coral reef featuring an endangered hawksbill turtle swimming over a colorful coral reef


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The Making of "Turtle Ocean" | Washed Ashore • English

Report from Ellen MacArthur Foundation


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The New Plastics Economy: Catalysing Action (2017) | Ellen MacArthur Foundation • English

Report from Ellen MacArthur Foundation


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The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics (2016) |Ellen MacArthur Foundation • English
The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics | Ellen MacArthur Foundation • English

An in-depth, eight-minute film, calling into question the manufactured demand for bottled water, and how Americans buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows virtually free from the tap.


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The Story of Bottled Water | The Story of Stuff • English

A compelling three-minute film about the problem with synthetic fibers.


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The Story of Microfibers | Story of Stuff • English

Report from NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP)


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Topic Paper: Entanglement | NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) • English

Report from NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP)


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Topic Paper: Ghost Fishing | NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) • English

Report from NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP)


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Topic Paper: Ingestion | NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) • English
Topless4Oceans | 5 Gyres Institute • English

The full fifteen-minute long Regional Emmy® Award-Winning "Trash Talk" special feature.


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TRASH TALK Special Feature |NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) • English

An interactive video that reviews the problem of trash in the ocean, with an emphasis on what is being done in Europe


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Troubled Waters | MARLISCO • English

Brief issue overview with a reduction focus, a compelling creation of cartoonist Jim Toomey


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Two Minutes on Oceans w/ Jim Toomey: Marine Litter | UN Environment • English

Thie 2014 report from The Ocean Recovery Alliance's Plastic Disclosure Project makes "The Business Case for Measuring, Managing, and Disclosing Plastic Use in the Consumer Goods Industry"


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Valuing Plastic (2014) | Ocean Recovery Alliance • English

Dr. Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute answers the question, "What are the ecological impacts of plastic marine pollution?" in this conversational two-minute video


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What are the ecological impacts of plastic marine pollution? | 5 Gyres Institute • English

The concluding chapter of the Regional Emmy® Award-Winning "Trash Talk" series.


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What Can We Do About Marine Debris? | NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) • English
What is a Gyre? | One World One Ocean • English
What is Marine Debris? | NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) • English
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