It’s all coming together.

07 Jun 2018 It’s all coming together.

Attending the ABC’s War on Waste briefing this week in Sydney to talk about waste solutions, content and what is next for the series was another reminder of how far we have come in a short time. 

The links in the chain are starting to come together and the popular ABC show has pushed along the momentum we are feeling at the moment. 

Many of us have been talking about the issues of plastic waste, food waste, and fashion waste for a long time. Our individual actions, conversations and programs have undoubtedly made significant impact over the years. Though the War on Waste has instantly brought the need for change out of small community conversation and into the mainstream. 

The Australian national broadcaster and the guys behind the show Andy Marks, Stephen Oliver and the light hearted comical skill of Craig Reucassel has brought the issue into the lounge rooms of millions of Australians. Utilising their audience and an ability to pull together powerful and relatable visual effects means many Australians are now looking to find out more. A pile of clothes 10 metres high equivalent to those thrown out every 30mins in Australia. The sad reality of watching perfectly edible bananas being wasted because they don’t fit ridiculous cosmetic requirements, and other examples has brought us all together. And we are finding solutions that add volume to our voice.

The next season starting July 24 on ABC is full of more amazing visuals to further ignite change in us all.

Going forward, we must collaborate! Seeking the same result, whether it be reducing food to landfill, stopping plastic pollution or educating people on their responsibility to care for our natural environment. There is someone who can help spread the message. What I’m doing may link in with your project and vice versa. It’s likely your idea has already been tested somewhere or is able to be franchised by others in another geographic area. Let’s link up, share and work together. As one voice we can achieve so much, as a connected network, we can really change the world.

Cover image: me with Marina Debris, Andy Marks, Jourdan Bowen and Costa Georgiadis in front of "Storm Brewing" - disposable coffee cup lid art by Marina Debris

Paul Hellier - Founder

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