Covestro Partners with National Parks and National Museums in Taiwan to Combat Marine Litter

In response to one of the greatest challenges of our time, “Beat Plastic Pollution” is the theme of United Nation’s 2018 World Environment Day on June 5th. To support this mission, Covestro Taiwan announced to combat marine litter via environmental education programs with the following partners.

  • The plastic that ends up in the oceans can circle the Earth four times in a single year
  • Covestro's picture books aim to teach children about waste management and the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle)  

In response to one of the greatest challenges of our time, “Beat Plastic Pollution” is the theme of United Nation’s 2018 World Environment Day on June 5th. To support this mission, Covestro Taiwan announced to combat marine litter via environmental education programs with the following partners.

  • The National Parks Division of Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of the Interior: - 9 national parks, 1 national natural park and 2 metropolitan parks 
  • The National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium 
  • The National Museum of Marine Science and Technology 
  • The National Science and Technology Museum 
  • The National Taiwan Education Center 
  • The National Museum of Natural Science 

The programme spotlights Covestro's acclaimed picture book, Bright Minds for a Brighter World, using story activities to raise children’s awareness of the issue ocean pollution, and the importance of waste management and the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle).

Every year, up to 13 million tons of plastic leak into our oceans, where it smothers coral reefs and threatens vulnerable marine wildlife and it can persist for up to 1,000 years before it fully disintegrates . Taiwan’s environmental data also shows that 90% of the beach clean-up wastes were plastics, and the proportion of disposable plastics among them was as much as 78.2%.

The book Bright Minds for a Brighter World tells the story of three Earth guardians with super powers, who set out on a search for the root cause of marine litter after they find a sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in her nose. They find that the source of the ocean trash is humans’ improper waste disposal and lack of environmental awareness. The story ends with an illustration of correct ways to dispose of waste, including information on classification recycling, reduction and reuse of waste. Children are also encouraged to write down their commitments to the planet through interactive activities.

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