Recently, famed cartoonist Jim Toomey teamed up with the United Nations Environment Program to create a series of six two-minute videos intended to raise awareness of the importance of the world’s ocean and the coastal environment. Today, the second video in the series was released (see below). The video highlights marine litter and discusses the hard facts about trash in our oceans.
From discarded fishing gear to plastics bags to cigarette butts, a growing tide of marine litter is harming our oceans and beaches worldwide. Using animation and humor, the video provides information about the growing problem of marine litter and offers simple actions that everyone can take to help make a difference.
“As we strive to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our oceans, it is vital that we find different and unique methods of communicating scientific information to the public in a fun and engaging manner,” said the Director of UNEP RONA, Amy Fraenkel. “This partnership with Jim Toomey is an innovative and creative way to engage a broad audience that we hope will inspire change.”
The release of the marine litter video coincides with Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup on September 15th. On this day, people around the world will come together to help create trash-free seas and waterways by cleaning up garbage, and by learning how to reduce their environmental impact.