Eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the sea every year, killing wildlife, clogging fishing nets and sometimes ending up on dinner plates. If trends continue, the oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050 (UNEP), and a lot of this ends up on our beaches. NEMA (2018) estimated that from a baseline in 2014, beach litter in 3 Kenya counties had increased 40%.
Oceans Alive organizes ocean clean up at the beaches together with local stakeholders and goes further to create awareness through education. Our education program carries out projects where children create art using marine plastic and a youth group that runs a Dragons Den-type initiative to use waste plastic to create, innovate and develop products to turn trash into cash. This can be useful to the local community and be an alternative income stream as well as raising awareness on the impact and damage beach of marine litter.