3 months into the 1 tonne rubbish challenge and I’m challenged, weighing in at 417kg
Picking up rubbish around the average size of 3cm and collecting daily around 6kg, I came to realize, I need to create more awareness in others. In many ways I feel like the mermaid messenger, calling for awareness to my local community and friends, that the disease of rubbish can no longer be ignored, that we still have a choice to do something before it’s too late.
This summer will see the release of 2 designs along side a media campaign on rubbish on the Mornington Peninsula. Although my heart is set on making the mantra “If you see it, pick it up” take on a world wide adoption, I see that you get more bees with honey than you do with vinegar. With the creation of I’m just a mermaid, I hope to create awareness of the ocean, through the child like romanticism of the mermaid.
Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans. Either way the mermaid is a known symbol world wide and is the perfect representative for the ocean and what we are doing by our disposal of rubbish globally.
The ocean is dying says Sylvia Earle, the greatest living ocean explorer, on the new documentary ‘Mission Blue’ where she speaks for the ocean and has made it her life purpose , her mission blue; protect the ocean in the same way we now protect the land. Syliva says “I wish for a global network of marine protected areas, to save and restore the ocean”
I agree with Syliva. if you’d like to be a part of the oceans salvation, look out for a “I’m really a mermaid” sticker this summer and show your support for the life, that support us.
“If you see it, pick it up” thank you
A little about Josie
Is a freelance designer of 18 years, daily she allocates 2 hours per morning from her day in which she has collected rubbish for the last 2 and half years. “For me it’s exercise” says Josie. “In my work I am exposed to many people in business and it is so important to maintain integrity. Collecting rubbish is another level of integrity, it shows you really care, because you’re not paid to do it, you’re motivated by making a difference and in all my years of work. I see failure, short or long-term, every-time money is the motivator. Whether you’re an employee or an employer, if money is your focus, you will not be offering the best and in doing so, you will begin to fail. Always aim to do your best and be a part of the solution, that way success will always be your guide”