Welcome to our new feature, On The Web This Week, where we collect the stories that have been catching our eye over the past 7 days, collected in an easy-to-follow reading list that we hope will keep you up to date with the latest developments in marine and wildlife conservation, as well as spotlighting some of the initiatives to combat the threats faced by our oceans.
Firstly, X-Files actress and activist Gillian Anderson penned this moving piece for The Guardian.
David Bressan at Forbes shares this fascinating story about how nature itself is trying to solve the plastic problem by creating plastic “rocks”.
This report from Canada sheds some light on the use of PVC piping in shellfish farming.
University of Cape Town PhD candidate Takunda Chitaka recently became one of 10 emerging scientists to receive the Blue Charter fellowship from The Association of Commonwealth Universities and became the first recipient of the Excellence in Academia PETCO Award for her work in identifying the types of litter on our beaches and their contribution to ocean pollution.
The Hilton Art Festival’s newest addition is Enviro Champions. Situated in the basement of the Grindrod Theatre, the Enviro Champions offer a selection of free movies and talks relating to the global issue of pollution and its effects on our world. The eco programme includes Eating up Easter, and Our Oceans. The Hilton Art Festival runs Sept. 13th – 15th.
Scottburgh’s Crocworld Conservation Centre has recently undergone a revamp, expanding their Bird and Snake sections, as well as a renovated playground for the young ones.
And finally, David Katz delivers a TED talk about The Plastic Bank, a worldwide chain of stores where everything from school tuition to cooking fuel and more is available for purchase in exchange for plastic garbage: