Supporting Flora’s Marathon Effort! London Marathon 2018.

Author: Peter Kohler, Founder, The Plastic Tide Charity.

The sea has always been very important to me; to look at, to be in, to listen to, to be on and to eat from.” Flora Patten.

Tomorrow Flora is running The London Marathon in support of The Plastic Tide!

In another marathon effort this awesome ocean lover, teacher and artist has already raised nearly 110% of her target! Please can you show your support and help her reach 150% here!

The Plastic Tide’s mission is to reveal how our Ocean is under siege from an ever-growing tide of plastic and marine litter and to support efforts to limit the damage, clean it and ultimately to prevent littering. A vital part of the cleaning and preventing is education; all the plastic we put in our ocean today will be our children’s and their children’s problem.  Flora puts this perfectly;

As a parent and member of the human race, I feel like this is a problem that has happened in our life time and we have the responsibility to do something about it.” Flora Patten

The United Nations Environmental Program infographic blow, puts this problem into perspective, most plastics breaks down in years to hundreds but does not disappear; it only fragments into smaller and smaller pieces of 'microplastics', these take hundreds of thousands of years to completely breakdown. We are creating a future for our children very different from the one we may have thought we were.

 Plastics we are dumping into our oceans now ultimately will be our children's and their children's problem.  UNEP - Vital Graphics (2016). 

Plastics we are dumping into our oceans now ultimately will be our children's and their children's problem.

UNEP - Vital Graphics (2016). 

Flora helped her children understand the importance of this problem by asking them to bring in waste plastic from home so they could build a plastic fish.  She tells me that the children could not decide whether to call the fish or whale, so they called it “Whish”! A pertinent name and artwork, as up to a third of fish in the England Channel have been found to contain plastic in their stomachs[1], and this is only set to increase. It is all our ‘whish’ that this is stopped!

 Flora with 'Whish', the culmination of her and her schools efforts to raise awareness about plastics in our ocean.

Flora with 'Whish', the culmination of her and her schools efforts to raise awareness about plastics in our ocean.

Whish was so successful her children made pledges to use less plastic in their lives, some wrote letters to the Queen and others insisted on bringing examples of litter they found from beaches they visited far and wide!

Flora came to me about supporting The Plastic Tide with a ringing endorsement, normally being “Anti-Tech” according to her kids – peeling them away from tablets to get outside - she tells me that she was “…thrilled to come across an undeniably positive use of technology”.

The Plastic Tide team and I are so thrilled to have her and your support, all money raised will go to supporting The Plastic Tide in achieving its goal of developing open source technology, beach cleans and education outreach to help humanity’s efforts to clean our seas.

Best of luck Flora!

Please support her! Here is the link again. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/flora-patten

Peter & The Plastic Tide Team

References:

[1] Lusher, A.L., McHugh, M., Thompson, R. C. (2013). Occurrence of microplastics in the gastrointestinal tract of pelagic and demersal fish from the English Channel. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 67, 1-2, pp94-99

(https://www.journals.elsevier.com/marine-pollution-bulletin/most-cited-articles)