How does one begin to tackle a complex problem such as coastal plastic pollution? Inspiration!
Our four-day workshop on St. John in April 2016 centered around a visit from Dianna Cohen of Plastic Pollution Coalition and Pam Longobardi, distinguished professor of art at Georgia State University and founder of Drifters Project.
Together we examined beached plastic remnants along Hart Bay. Intermixed with rock on the beach, particles, pieces and even whole containers that washed ashore from elsewhere were abundant.
We met with volunteers and leaders from Get Trashed, Friends of the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park, Island Green Living Association, Gifft Hill School, Coral Bay Community Foundation and St. John Community Foundation, among others.
We walked an unnamed coast off the East End of St. John and were stunned by the devastating plastic pollution flowing from elsewhere.
This is how Plastic-Free Island
St. John began this journey. Where will it go from here?