- Cleaning up Tasmania's Coastal Wilderness -

Ninna Millikin joined the 2011 South West Marine Debris Cleanup to document the hard work of Matt Dell and his volunteers on Tasmania's remote south-west beaches. The following two video pieces tell that story - one in summary, one in greater detail.

Despite being a wild and largely unvisited area, found within one of the planet's most significant World Heritage Areas, a vast quantity of marine debris - especially plastic pollution - washes up here from all around the globe.

The Cleanup is made possible by the support and hard work of the sponsors and volunteers listed in the videos. Filming and editing was made possible with the support of the Bookend Trust and the Southern Waste Strategy Authority.

A live blog from the 2012 cleanup can be seen our Expedition Class page, along with information on how your school or community groups can access further information (including teacher guides and student activity kits) and be involved in addressing this problem.

A photo-essay on the issue of plastic pollution can be found in PDF format below, including the story of the south-west Tasmanian clean-up and the parallel experiences of the Envirothon winners on Lord Howe Island.

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Short preview/summary - 3min14s 
(if playback is slow or jerky, watch here)

Full documentary - 9min53s
(if playback is slow or jerky, watch here)
WARNING: some images may shock

Plastics photo-essay (PDF) - including microplastics
click here

Plastic PDF

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