The Balearic-wide competition is a tribute to the daughter of Ben Goldsmith, co-founder of this environmental foundation
Ibiza, 16-02-22 – IbizaPreservation is joining forces with its sister organisations in Menorca and Mallorca today to launch “Kilometres of Plastic for Iris”, a Balearic-wide initiative aimed at recognising and involving young people in protecting the environment and conserving the Mediterranean.
The action, aimed at young people aged 16 to 20 living in the Balearics, is being held in memory of Iris Goldsmith, the daughter of Ben Goldsmith, one of the founders of IbizaPreservation and president of the Conservation Collective, a global network of environmental foundations.
A young environmental activist, Iris died in a tragic accident in 2019 at the age of 15. In her honour, IbizaPreservation, Mallorca Preservation and Menorca Preservation, all members of the Conservation Collective, want to mobilise young people from the four Balearic Islands to be the drivers of change, becoming so-called “0 Plastic Warriors”, to fight against plastic pollution and to achieve a cleaner, healthier Mediterranean.
The initiative is being facilitated by 0 Plastic, an environmental movement led by the association YouSocial Volunteer. Young people from all over the Balearic Islands are invited to participate for free, organising nature excursions with friends and/or family to share ideas and reduce plastic pollution on their islands. The collective goal is to reach a total of 10,000 km travelled against plastic pollution by 30 April 2022.
In addition, participants will also have the opportunity to enter the “One minute for your island” competition in groups of two by creating a one-minute video answering the question: “What would you do to fight plastic pollution on your island?”
To decide the winners, emphasis will be placed on creative solutions based on the 3 R’s: RECYCLE, REUSE, and above all REDUCE plastic, both at individual level and in the public or private sector, especially those focused on single-use plastic.
“We encourage students to be creative and to set no limits to their imagination, taking advantage of the excursions they organise with their friends and family to get inspired and propose solutions with the aim of reducing the amount of plastic generated every day,” said Frances Llopis, a member of the IbizaPreservation board.
The competition has the collaboration of Alnitak Research Institute, which will allow the winners of the competition to enjoy an expedition of 1 day (1st and 2nd ESO) or 10 days (3rd, 4th ESO, bachillerato and F.P.) aboard the Toftevaag, an authentic century-old sailing ship, together with a group of six young people and marine researchers and educators, with the aim of carrying out marine conservation activities.
“It only takes 5 minutes to become a 0 Plastic Warrior but the environmental impact of young people from the four islands joining the fight against plastic pollution is immeasurable,” said Alba Carbonell, co-founder of 0 Plastic.