If you haven’t heard of the Take 3 for the Sea movement, you may be living under a rock.
The prolific not-for-profit organisation, which encourages people to pick up three items of rubbish every time they leave the beach or any waterway, started back in 2009 by surfing enthusiast Amanda Marechal, marine ecologist Roberta Dixon-Valk and environmentalist Tim Silverwood.
Since then, they have educated more than 150,000 students, held more than 300 clean-up activities and amassed a global community of 150,000 people who helped collect two million pieces of rubbish last year.
Sunshine Coast residents can now get a taste of how fulfilling it is to be part of this environmental community as Take 3 joins forces with AVID Property Group to host an exclusive screening of the film BLUE on June 22 followed by a beach clean-up at Mooloolaba on June 23.
AVID Property Group Queensland general manager Bruce Harper says the team developing Harmony in Sippy Downs is committed to sustainability and the group is excited to join Take 3 in its mission to create a cleaner marine environment for future generations.
“The Coast is home to some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, so to protect these local icons from the reality of plastic pollution, we are encouraging the Sunshine Coast community to join us in taking three for the sea and come along to one of our local events,” he says.
“Over the past few weeks, we have seen many residents and Sunshine Coast locals jump at the chance to get involved in our Take 3 events – the response has been overwhelmingly positive.”
Mr Silverwood, who will attend both events, says our ocean and marine life face a devastating future, unless communities take action today.
“We are at a point in time where schools, businesses and the wider community need to all work together to protect the marine environment for our future,” he says.
“Myself and the entire Take 3 team are thrilled to be partnering with a company that is committed to sustainability and spreading the message of reducing plastic pollution in our communities.”
The thought-provoking film will screen at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Room LT7, Building C on June 22 from 6.30pm with light refreshments provided.
People can also register for the Community Clean Up Day on June 23 from 10am at Mooloolaba Beach.