KBB staff had the pleasure of listening to some inspirational stories from special guests Vicki & Lisa, two golfers who are here in Kokopo to take part in the 67th New Britain Open.
Be apart of the solution, not the pollution.
Elizabeths Reef !
This month our clean up efforts are focused on Elizabeth's reef.This nearby reef host a wide variety of fish and coral , and unfortunately also incredible amount of trash , especially plastic products like bottles, bags etc.
Plastic products are very common in our modern life. According to estimates, every year we use approximately 1.6 million barrels of oil just for producing plastic water bottles. Plastic waste is one of many types of wastes that take too long to decompose. Normally, plastic items can take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills. But plastic bags we use in our everyday life take 10-1000 years to decompose, while plastic bottles can take 450 years and more.
Normally, glass is very easy to recycle mainly for the fact that glass is made of sand. Simply breaking down the glass and melting it, we can produce new glass. But the shocking fact is that if glass is thrown away in landfills, it takes million years to decompose. And according to some sources, it doesn’t decompose at all.
The Time Taken by Other Waste Items to Decompose
Different sources have different information on the actual time various waste items take to decompose in landfills.
Source for data : .thebalancesmb.com
How can i help ?
Elizaberth`s Reef is also accessible by foot from Kokopo Town , so anyone can continue clean up by themselves any time ! Every little makes difference.
Water + Toxic = Trouble
Fact: 71% of planet earth is water. If you're a scuba diver get out there and dive it! If you're not a diver, well, enjoy your 29%.
Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
The stunning colours in corals come from a marine algae called zooxanthellae, which live inside their tissues. This algae provides the corals with an easy food supply thanks to photosynthesis, which gives the corals energy, allowing them to grow and reproduce.
When corals get stressed, from things such as heat or pollution, they react by expelling this algae, leaving a ghostly, transparent skeleton behind. This is known as ‘coral bleaching’. Some corals can feed themselves, but without the zooxanthellae most corals starve.
Stop littering. The earth is not your garbage can.
Almost 500 tourists have attended Kokopo Mask festival this year according to the Mask and Warwagira festival committee. According to its tally, 15000 people passed thought the festival grounds during the four-day festival.