Environmental forum guest speaker Tim Silverwood at CQUniversity, Gladstone.
Environmental forum guest speaker Tim Silverwood at CQUniversity, Gladstone. Brenda Strong

Take 3 and help save our oceans

FOR Tim Silverwood, three is the magic number.

The passionate activist, environmentalist and film maker was the keynote speaker at this year's GREAN Environmental Forum and addressed attendees on the growing marine debris issue.

After studying science, Mr Silverwood realised he could use these skills to be a voice where voices had been suppressed.

"When I saw the images of a juvenile albatross that had died as a result of ingesting ocean debris, it floored me," he said.

Mr Silverwood said 80% of debris enters the ocean from a land-based source and 20% as a result of ocean practices; including shipping and fishing.

These startling statics are what inspired Mr Silverwood to form Take 3, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to raise awareness of marine debris.

"We encourage each visitor to the beach, waterway or...anywhere to simply take three pieces of rubbish with them when they leave," he said.

"We want to empower people to feel like they can make difference every day."

To find out more visit take3.org.au.



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