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文、圖/Tracey Read女士(香港非營利慈善組織,Plastic Free Seas無塑海洋)
 
Plastic Free Seas is a Hong Kong based charitable non-governmental  organization. The focus is on real solutions to reduce our local plastic trash problems with programs designed for education, research & action.
Plastic Free Seas無塑海洋為香港的非營利慈善組織,主要以教育、研究、行動為方案,實際解決香港本地塑膠垃圾問題。
 
Plastic Free Seas gives talks on local and global  issues , has worked with schools to integrate plastic pollution education within the science & art curriculum , advises on plastic pollution student projects and uses art to raise awareness throughout the community.  A Corporate Beach Cleanup Program engages companies in cleanup activities as well as assessing office environments for waste reduction strategies for both personal & corporate benefits.
無塑海洋提供香港本地和國際性談話,也曾和學校合作,在科學和美術中融入塑膠污染的課程,擔任塑膠污染青年計畫的顧問,以及使用美學活動來提昇社區認知。同時,透過企業淨灘參與計畫,促成公司內部減廢政策,讓個人和企業雙邊受益。
 
In 2012 Plastic Free Seas lead the Hong Kong wide cleanup of plastic resin pellets where 150 tonnes of tiny plastic beads were lost at sea during Typhoon Vicente.  Approximately 8000 volunteers, many NGOs, several key corporations including SINOPEC (the pellet producer) and government were mobilized in a successful 4 month long effort.  As a result of this cleanup effort the Government was incentivised by public support to introduce The Clean Shorelines Campaign in an effort to identify source points of all the trash on the beaches and implement measures to reduce this.
2012年韋森特颱風在香港海灘遺留至少150公噸塑膠微粒,無塑海洋帶領無數志工大規模清除這些汙染物,約8000位志工、非營利組織、知名企業(包含塑膠微粒製造商SINOPEC)以及政府都全力動員。歷時四個月的努力過程,促使政府支持The Clean Shorelines Campaign(清淨海岸行動),追溯海灘上垃圾的來源,找出源頭減量的方法。
 
One of the goals of Plastic Free Seas is to learn and share information with other NGOs focussed on this area as we are all working locally on a global issue.  For this reason we were keen to come to Taipei.  Hong Kong Government is modelling its new waste reduction methods on Taiwan's infrastructure so it was a good opportunity for us to come and see what works elsewhere and how we can learn about our neighbour's practices.  
無塑海洋相當重視與其他組織分享資訊與學習,共同以國際視野與在地行動面對海洋廢棄物議題,我們非常期待這次台北訪問行程。香港政府也正在效法台灣經驗,嘗試新的垃圾減量措施,對我們而言,來台灣可以見識這套有成效的系統,向鄰近國家學習。
 
We were also very excited to have supported the World Oceans Day - Love Your Ocean Home exhibition and we were happy to be able to visit.  There was an incredible amount of attention to detail and care which resulted in an inspiring and educational display.  The creative use of beach waste & single use items set amongst natural backdrops highlighted the issues that are of real significance to us, our environment & all other creatures .
我們非常高興能協助荒野保護協會所舉辦的世界海洋日-愛上大海我的家-海洋特展,並親自來台灣看展參觀,裡頭有許多引人入勝的細節,富有啟發性與教育性。透過巧思布置的海洋廢棄物在自然的背景中被突顯,傳達這個海洋議題對我們、我們的環境以及其他生物是多麼的重要。
 
One of the highlights of the visit was meeting The SOW team.  An evening presentation and discussion was a great way to share effective communication strategies and action programs.  Followed up the next day with a trip out to the North Coast & Guanyinshan National Scenic Area Administration to see the fantastic Ocean Passenger exhibition & Baisha Bay. Having the opportunity to meet the SOW people making a real impact in Taiwan with their education, awareness and cleanup programs was very positive, certainly the start of a good relationship and hopefully the first of many visits.
這次參訪的一個重點就是會見荒野保護協會的夥伴們,眾人相互分享有效的溝通策略與行動計劃;第二天,則是到北海岸及觀音山國家風景區管理處參觀很棒的北海岸海洋過客特展。非常榮幸能與這群荒夥保護協會的夥伴們見面,他們使用的教育與行動計畫確實影響著台灣的人與環境,這次是一個美好的開始,以及希望未來更進一步的拜訪。
 
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