The Perfect World Foundation is supporting children who are raising money for a soccer tournament through beach cleaning. By engaging young people in environmental issues, the TPWF hopes that more will help to prevent plastic from reaching the ocean.
“Children often need to raise money for a soccer tournament by selling cheese or cookies ect. By supporting soccer teams, The Perfect World Foundation wants to build young people’s commitment to the environment while helping to stop plastic from reaching the ocean,” says Ragnhild Jacobsson from The Perfect World Foundation.
The soccer team has already completed its first beach cleaning with their coach Laura Aziz and the children collected a lot of plastic. Beach cleaning is part of The Perfect World Foundation’s campaign, which aims to engage to pick up plastic and debris from our oceans, coastlines, and beaches. The Blue Bucket, which is a symbol of the campaign itself – with the aim of raising awareness about the massive plastic pollution of the world’s oceans – is also a tool to be used to pick up plastic debris.
“We hope that more soccer teams will now help our oceans by picking up plastic along the beaches,” says Ragnhild Jacobsson.
Researchers estimate that there are more than 150 million tons of plastic in our oceans, and an additional 5-13 million tons of plastic are added every year. 80% of all plastic waste in the ocean comes from our activities on land. If littering continues at the same rate, it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050.