1,2, what can we do? 3,4, we can do more! 5 #PickUp6

by Freya Fogliani

We don’t need to look far to see rubbish all around us, on our streets, in waterways, oceans and yes, even on campus. Pollution is a major threat to our global environment. Although many global companies try to make us believe plastics break down over time, the truth is that plastics and other solid pollutants are not biodegradable and remain in the environment for 10s, 100s, or even 1000s of years before breaking down (some don’t break down at all, ever!). Plastic is the most represented of all materials, making up to 80 per cent of all litter, found at sea and washed up on our beaches.

What’s more:

  • Australians buy 600 million litres of bottled water a year.
  • We use 10 million plastic bags a day (that’s 3.9 billion plastic bags a year)!
  • We use single-use plastics everyday

image4Everything that isn’t thoughtfully disposed of or recycled ends up in our waterways and eventually drifts into the oceans. Floating underwater, plastic bags and other pieces of rubbish look appealing to turtles and other marine wildlife, who can die from consuming non-biodegradable waste. However, the solution is unbelievably simple. Say no to single-use plastics; just by being conscious of the waste that we produce we can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle , reducing the impact that we have on the environment.

Pick Up 6 is a campaign started by FedUni student leader Abbethia Rene, inspired by the 2016 FedUni Student Leadership Camp clean up. Pick Up 6 is an environmental movement aimed at promoting awareness and action within the community by simply picking up six pieces of rubbish. Furthermore, through social media, Pick Up 6 aims to raise issues, start conversations, and encourage engagement with a variety of issues that affect our environment.

So, what can we do to make positive change in our environment? Next time you go for a walk just pick up six (or more if you’re keen) pieces of rubbish and dispose of them thoughtfully in the nearest bin.

Take a picture of the litter that you find and upload it onto social media, share with your friends and family, and help us to preserve our beautiful planet for future generations. Don’t forget to include #PickUp6 so we can see it too.

Follow us on social media and look out for more info at our Mt Helen and Churchill campuses to get involved and remember — everyone can make an impact.

Pick Up 6 are also looking for Education students to help develop an education program to go into schools in Semester 2, 2017.

If you would like to get involved or have any questions, message us via social media or email at pickup6pu6@gmail.com.


Upcoming events for Pick Up 6:

– Schools Clean Up Day, Federation Uni Ballarat Campus, 3 March 2017 (Week 1)

– Clean Up Australia Day, Glendonald Park Churchill, 5 March 2017


Instagram: @pick_up_6

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PU6ix/