Travel and Research with an Aboriginal Twist #CRESTcontest
In 2013 I traveled to Darwin, AUS to attend the World Indigenous Network conference.
My friends and I were concerned about marine plastic pollution and how it affects indigenous people.
We called ourselves Nobodyz Trash to raise awareness that once plastics enter the ocean no one is responsible for cleaning them up.
We shared our research with indigenous leaders from the Americas, Aotearoa, Australia, Africa, and Sápmi.
We toured several national parks under Aboriginal joint management, learning about their deep ancestral ties to the land.
Our last day was spent celebrating “Whale Day,” marking the return of the whales to Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park, the home of my research partners and friends, the Gumbaynggirr people.
In 2013 marine plastic pollution was an unknown problem.
Since that time, we have all come to learn...
When it comes to plastic pollution, every little bit counts.