One of the biggest non-governmental organizations in Cyprus, Future Worlds Center, organised the neighborhood party ‘Why Plastic if G.I.F.?’ (Why plastic if Green Is Fantastic?) to celebrate greener lifestyle while combating the daily use of single-use plastic through sharing and gaining experiences.
Information about the harm of plastic to the planet and our health is now invading the social media. Most of us have seen the famous video of the straw stuck in a turtle’s nose. But it’s not just the turtle or the straw: plastic is now found in people’s lungs, lunch boxes and dinner tables, in the air and water. According to the European Commission, Europeans generate 25 million tonnes of plastic waste per year; less than 30% is collected for recycling. Across the world, plastics make up 85% of beach litter.
In the EU, 150 000 to 500 000 tonnes of plastic waste enter the oceans every year. This represents a small proportion of global marine litter. Yet, plastic waste from European sources ends up in particularly vulnerable marine areas, for example, the Mediterranean Sea. Recent studies show plastics accumulate in the Mediterranean at a density comparable to the areas of highest plastic accumulation in the oceans. This phenomenon is exacerbated by the increasing amount of plastic waste generated each year and is also fuelled by the growing consumption of ‘single-use’ plastics. What is “single-use” plastic? To put it simple, it is the packaging or other consumer products that are thrown away after just one use, are rarely recycled and prone to being littered. This includes water bottles, bags, Freddo espresso cups, straws, cutlery etc.
Researchers say that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. That wouldn’t be a pleasant surprise on our dinner plate, right? The good thing is that we can choose to be aware, to raise awareness and make choices accordingly in order to make the change. In Future Worlds Center’s Global Education Unit we truly believe that every change is possible if we start with ourselves and with the place we live in- and we live in Nicosia, in Agios Dometios and we want to get to know people around us and start the change from our doorstep.
WHY PLASTIC IF G.I.F.? got people connected and created friendly atmosphere to share experiences, to raise awareness about environmental issues and find alternatives to the single-use plastic and possible solutions to beat the plastic pollution in fun and interactive ways. In the event everyone had chance to participate in workshops, enjoy the offer of the sustainable market and healthy food as well as move with the rhythms of music played by our DJ. Besides that participants had the chance to discover what is project Youth of the World, what are the expected results, what does the toolkit includes and where to find more information about it. Everything for kids and adults to have fun, find out why green is fantastic and enjoy the afternoon all together!
The event wouldn’t be the same without the support of our friends: Green Dot Cyprus, Let’s make Cyprus Green, EcoPhysis, ΑΚΤΗ / AKTI Project and Research Centre, Tesura Cyprus, Precious Plastic Cyprus, NatureMe – σαπούνια και κεραλοιφές, Bioheaven, Caffe River Cyprus, Solar Kitchen Bar, Green Mandala and Biotrem edible plates, Eat vegan all day – Μόνο ό,τι φυτρώνει, MagmaLa and Panayiota Constanti, Kyriacos Chimonis, Andreas Prokopiou, Anthoula Koupepia, Rebecca Katsaris, Μερσίνη (Νερό), Yialouris Press and FWC’s projects Global Education Goes Local and Map Your Meal.
Future Worlds Center is an innovative non-profit initiative of social entrepreneurs using a model of horizontal entrepreneurial management. Our work harnesses the power of emerging new technologies and the science of structured democratic dialogue in order to accelerate positive social change. In more than 20 years history FWC has implemented more than 100 projects with 95% of funding from international grants and has won more than 10 international awards. One of FWC priorities is active promotion of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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