w/ Savannah Walker
A note from Savannah...
"People often talk about there being one moment that changed their whole mindset. For me, this moment was back at the start of 2018 on a volunteering trip to Cambodia with my best mate. I was in a small convenience store in the middle of nowhere where I had bought a plastic wrapped item. I consumed the item in the store and then asked the person running the store where the bin was. They took the wrapper out of my hand, scrunched it into a ball and threw it into the paddock next door. It was the first time I had seen my consumption directly impact the natural world, and as you can imagine, that paddock was filled with trash.
Returning to New Zealand, I started to research where our rubbish was ending up. It was around the same time that China was shutting its doors to our waste, and we were trying to find other countries like Cambodia to send it to. I knew we had to do something to turn plastics off at the source, because we weren’t going to just recycle our way out of this mess; if recycling had worked all this time, we wouldn’t have oceans and landscapes filled with trash. I also couldn’t understand the logic of sending our waste to these countries, they couldn’t effectively deal with their own waste, how on earth were they supposed to deal with ours?
Being a filmmaker, and someone who spends more time in the ocean than out of it, I took to Instagram and told my friends and family that I’d be making a film about how we save the big blue from plastics. About 150 messages later from people all around the country, saying they could design a website, make a logo, be a photographer and so on, Project Blue NZ was formed. Guess it shows the good that Social Media can create."
Project Blue plans to use the $2,000 grant towards the production of our film, such as getting animations done so that we can effectively communicate the problem to younger audiences. We wanted our film to be different, so rather than just raising awareness on the problem, we are working on the solution to it as well. That’s why our film details three parts: the problem we are facing with plastics, the companies who are already implementing the solutions to solve our plastic waste problem, and the Project Blue team working with companies to convert them to a circular system, so we can turn the tap of plastics off at the source.
We are aware that plastic waste is only one problem in a huge interconnected web of problems, that’s why all money made from Project Blue the Film will be put into funding and mentoring other grassroots organisations like ourselves. This is the most important part of our mission, because we know that there are a lot of young people out there with the right ideas, they just need a little guidance. If we can help them develop and carry out their ideas, the world may just end up a much better place.
Educate, Change, Document, Inspire. #fortheblue