Calling all kaitiaki who are concerned about plastic pollution: The Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance (APPA) is seeking new members.
APPA is a network of researchers, educators, scientists, industry, campaigners, artists, and conservationists working to prevent and mitigate plastic pollution in Aotearoa and Oceania as an integral part of restoring the mauri of Papatūānuku and Tangaroa.
Since late 2018, APPA has held regular monthly meetings for members to connect and share updates on their activities around plastic pollution mitigation, monitoring, awareness raising and more. Our inaugural AGM and get-together in Wellington in December 2019 was a great opportunity to strengthen our network, as well as to share some of our mahi and expertise with the public through a panel discussion at Te Papa that was attended by over 100 people. We followed this up in 2020 with another panel discussion at Te Papa for Plastic Free July on the post-COVID future of plastics. We hope to build on these successes with our second AGM in late 2020 (COVID-dependent!).
As a collective, we have produced submissions on several key Government proposals on plastics and waste issues, such as the plastic bag ban, product stewardship, the waste disposal levy, the Maui Dolphin Threat Management Plan and the Basel Convention plastics amendment. Several of our members were contributors and reviewers of the Rethinking Plastics report commissioned by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Juliet Gerrard. Some of us are on working groups to develop the national Waste Work Programme.
We invite you to join us to add your voice to the conversation on plastic pollution prevention in Aotearoa New Zealand. For $10 per year, your membership of APPA will give you access to:
- national and international events (including webinars);
- updates on the latest plastic pollution policy, plans, and actions in Aotearoa and Oceania;
- the latest science-based evidence on a range of plastic pollution topics across a range of fields – product and systems design, terrestrial, marine, freshwater, policy, environmental behaviour change, education, product stewardship, etc);
- the opportunity to connect with some of the most active and passionate plastic pollution prevention people and groups in Aotearoa via monthly meetings;
- the opportunity to connect with international organisations through our membership with The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), and the Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) movement (with over 1500 member organisations across the world);
- opportunities to connect with individuals leading the way to a plastic pollution free future across the globe; and
- invitations to share knowledge and skills.
And much, much, more…
Posted on behalf of the APPA.