Plastic pollution is an urgent global issue on the cusp of constituting ‘planetary boundary threat’
Palmy’s Plastic Pollution Challenge (PPPC) was set up in 2019 to understand the scale of plastic pollution going into the Manawatū river via our urban streams and to use this knowledge to improve the health of our local waterways.
The challenge is a collaboration between Manawatū River Source to Sea (an entity of Environment Network Manawatū (ENM)), Massey University's Zero Waste Academy, Rangitāne o Manawatū and Palmerston North City Council. Te Kāuru Eastern Manawatū River Hapū Collective in Dannevirke and RECAP in Ashhurst joined challenges in 2020. A wide range of school children, students, community members, companies, council staff and academics have been involved to date.
The work has been physically challenging and sometimes quite dirty, but also eye-opening and life-enhancing. We hope that new conversations, ideas, behaviours and strategies for improving the situation in our streams, rivers and oceans will continue to emerge from this work.
Want to Know More?
Read the Palmy's Plastic Pollution Challenge (PPPC) 2019 report here
Watch the video on Plastic Pollution Challenge (PPPC) here
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