Tue, 3 December 2019

The Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival has partnered with the UK Government's Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP) to boost ocean awareness around plastic pollution.


KEEP IT CLEAN: Getting rid of plastic in the ocean is a top human priority. Photo Unsplash

CLiP, which is led by the UK Government’s Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), will support the Changing Oceans Filmmakers’ Masterclass presented by Wesgro on how to make impactful conservation documentaries, as well as collaborate on the media advocacy arising from various Wavescape events and ocean activities in Cape Town.

The masterclass brings together some of South Africa’s top ocean conservation experts and environmental filmmakers to discuss the challenges they face when they tell stories in an atmosphere of denialism and increasing censure. The Masterclass takes place on the first evening of the two-day CLiP Innovation Conference: STEM the tide of plastic waste in Africa in Cape Town tomorrow Wednesday 4 December and Thursday 5 December.

The conference will announce the winners of the inaugural STOMP (Stamp Out Marine Plastic Pollution) Awards, initiated to discover and encourage innovations to reduce and eliminate marine plastic pollution. The finalists, who have just been announced, will be showcased at the conference.


SANDS OF TIME: Guess whose been commissioning the Durbs sand sculpturers. Photo Supplied

CLiP Country Lead from Cefas Fiona Preston-Whyte said that CLiP was excited to partner with Wavescape “towards our common aim of reducing the amount of plastics in the marine environment”. She went on to say that the Stomp Awards entries were "high quality and creative and speak of the innovative spirit of South Africans”.

Over 60 entries in five categories were submitted. Here are the finalists

Technology or Technical Design
New and innovative design and or technologies to reduce or manage plastic pollution and encourage circular economy thinking

  • Wildtrust – Pyrolysis Machine from Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal
  • The Mermaid Tear Catcher submitted by Clare Swithenbank-Bowman from the KwaZulu-Natal, North Coast.
  • Games Tangibl submitted by Jean Greyling from Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Product Development
Innovations allowing consumers to reduce their plastic waste

  • The Big Scoop SA submitted by Alexis Wellman from the Helderberg, Western Cape
  • Beeswax Wrap submitted by Mica Da Silva from Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Patch Bamboo Plasters submitted by Dr Milliea Anis from Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • The Mutea EcoPod submitted by Liam Bulgen from Cape Town , Western Cape

Adult Inspire through Creativity
Any kind of creative art made to inspire people into creating a better place

  • 12 Plastic Monsters submitted by Luke Rudman from the Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
  • The Well Worn Theatre Company submitted by Kyla Davis from Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • The SuperScientists Project by CodeMakers NPO, submitted by Justin Yarrow from Durban, KwaZulu Natal.

 Youth Inspire through Creativity

  • The Future Kids submitted by Rocco Da Silva from the Somerset West, Western Cape
  • Norman Klutsky Eco-Warrior of the High Seas - Eden College submitted by Jean Van Elden, Durban KwaZulu-Natal
  • The Oceano Reddentes NPC submitted by Jade Bothma from Western Cape

 Special Recognition Award for Action
Recognizes work done to implement cleanups, or projects the mitigate waste, reduce plastic, change behaviours or create awareness on a community level.

  • Captain Fanplastic submitted by Nwabisa Joba from the Cape Town, Western Cape
  • The Ethekwini Conservancies Forum submitted by Paolo Candoti from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Singakwenza submitted by Julie Hay from Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal

STOMP OUT PLASTIC: Innovative solutions have been put forward by entrants. Photo Supplied

Some of the finalists (as well as some of the entries that did not make it into the finals but impressed the judges) will be in attendance to present their entries at the conference. Winners in each category will be announced at the Conference on December 5.

The Conference, which will be attended by scientists, environmentalists, conservationists, and policy-makers, is co-hosted with the Sustainable Seas Trust, will be looking at STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) solutions to the marine litter problem in South Africa.

To view the finalists go to https://www.stompawards.co.za/index.php/vote

The Filmmaker’s Masterclass takes place on 4th December 2019 at 6pm for 6.30 at the Invest SA One Stop Shop, Cape Sun Corner, 46 St. George’s Mall, Cape Town

Book Your Tickets here
More information about the Wavescape Festival at www.wavescapefestival.com
For access to our media kit (all marketing assets and programme), please click here

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