Greenpeace tracks plastic pollution in Pasig River, kicks off clean-up project along Manila Bay

MEDIA ADVISORY


In a June 2017 report, the Pasig River was ranked the world's second worst contributor of plastic waste to the ocean, relative to its drainage area, and the eighth worst contributor overall in the world. Greenpeace Philippines will track the problem that starts from Pasig River and its tributaries, highlighting the chokepoints and documenting the pollution happening along the river going thru the Manila Bay, and how government agencies and civil society organizations are working together to address this problem.

This will also jumpstart the Manila Bay beach clean-up organized by Greenpeace Philippines and its partners to highlight the intensity of plastic pollution in Manila and its nearby communities, and how it pushes the city on the brink of crisis. We will identify the brands who are most responsible for plastic pollution and push for solutions that will benefit the people and the environment.  

What:              San Juan River/Pasig River plastic pollution tracking media tour

When:             Friday, 8 September 2017
                        8:30 am - meet up and preparation for first boat trip
                        9:00 am - First boat trip

                        9:30 am - meet up and preparation for second boat trip
                        10:00 am – Second boat trip
Both trips will end in Plaza Mexico, where Greenpeace will release a GPS-equipped buoy to track the movement of marine debris leading to the oceans.

Meet up point: PUP Sta. Mesa Ferry Station
                        PUP Campus, Sta. Mesa, Manila

Speakers:       Abigail Aguilar, Campaigner, Greenpeace Philippines
George Oliver G. De La Rama, Head, Public Information, Advocacy and Tourism Division, Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission

EXCELLENT PHOTO AND VIDEO OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE.

*Please indicate which boat trip you opt to join. Life vests will be provided. Contact:

Angelica Carballo Pago, Media Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines
angelica.pago@greenpeace.org | (+63) 949 889133

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