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World Oceans Day IN NY

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Added On June 10, 2018

Every day, plastic continues to pollute the world's oceans.
 
And there are more and more reports of whales and other sea life dying after eating plastic.
 
This week, the Dopper Foundation launched its Plastic Bridge Project, aiming to raise awareness around plastic pollution in the ocean.
 
To mark the event, an interactive plastic art installation was unveiled in New York.
 
Measuring 30 feet wide by 11 feet tall, the plastic replica of the Brooklyn Bridge was made with 5,000 single-use plastic water bottles, which were collected by New Yorkers and Sure We Can, a nonprofit recycling center in Brooklyn.
 
SOUNDBITE (English): MERIJN EVERAARTS, Founder of Dopper Foundation
"It inspired me because I really see that if you are on the beach or walking on the streets, there are so many people freely left plastic behinds, as if it’s like a banana peel, but it doesn’t go away. This frustrated me that much that I thought if there are single-used plastic in the roads, there should be an alternative for people to change the habit of single-used plastic. This is my first inspiration to start this movement."
 
The bridge is also a part of National Geographic’s "Planet or Plastic?" initiative, providing information about plastic pollution to the readers of National Geographic magazine.
 
The Dopper Foundation is working with National Geographic Encounter and other leaders across various industries, to end the use of single-use plastic water bottles.
 
Throughout the summer, the Plastic Bridge will travel around New York City and visit several primary schools, educating hundreds of students about plastic pollution.
 
On World Oceans Day next year, the Plastic Bridge Project will move to a different country, to continue spreading awareness around the world.