Bournemouth & Poole Greenpeace at Seven Seas Festival in Poole

Greenpeace volunteers from the Bournemouth & Poole Greenpeace group were at the first ever Seven Seas Festival in Poole on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May 2017.

With a stand at in the centre of theevent,the Greenpeace volunteers were promoting environmental issues including the current plasticcampaigncalling on Coco Cola to recognise their role in ocean plastic pollution.

On the stand were fun games for kids and adults alike including “splatthe coke trash” and “bottle top penny drop” which proved a huge success in raising awareness with the problems of throwaway plastics.

The Bournemouth & Poole Greenpeace were inundated with support from the people of Poole and Bournemouth with their campaigning who showed their support by writing a postcard to a senior executive of Coca-Cola.

Simon O’Connor, a Greenpeace volunteer from Poole, said:

“In the UK alone, 16 million plastic bottles end up in our environment every single day, but the companies that profit from them are trying to wash their hands of the problem. As the world’s largest soft drinks company, Coke has a particular responsibility to drastically reduce its plastic footprint and stop its bottles from ending up on beaches and in waterways. 90% of seabirds have ingested marine plastic. Our oceans simply can’t stomach any more of Coke’s plastic, and why should they have to?”

TheSeven Seas Festivalin conjunction with Poole Maritime Festival offered world food, art, music and culture and was a great family dayfor tourists and locals.

Greenpeace Volunteers are calling on Coca-Cola to recognise their role in ocean plastic pollution and commit to ditching throwaway plastic – instead prioritising reusable and refillable packaging. Also, despite Coca-Cola boasting its plastic bottles are fully recyclable, Coke averages a pitiful 7% recycled content in its plastic bottles globally.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to learn more about local Bournemouth & Poole Greenpeace please contact:

Simon O’Connor, email address smoconnor25@gmail.com or telephone number 07955 659008.

Marcus Carter