AVDF Environmental Grantee Featured in a CBS This Morning Segment
In early 2019, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations' Board of Trustees approved a grant to Ocean Conservancy to support its Trash Free Seas® initiative. Over the past 30 years, Trash Free Seas® programming has mobilized more than 12 million volunteers to collect nearly 250 million pounds of plastic and trash from the world's oceans and beaches. AVDF's support of this initiative, funds both practical efforts to address the problem of ocean plastics, and public engagement campaigns aimed at raising public awareness about this environmental threat.
The grant specifically supports the removal of "ghost gear" (abandoned or lost fishing gear) in the Gulf of Maine and sponsors research into the efficacy of U.S. waste management and recycling systems in preventing plastics from reaching the ocean. Ocean Conservancy is also undertaking efforts to educate the public about both the problem of ocean plastics and possible long-term solutions.
Trash Free Seas® director, Nick Mallos, was recently featured in a segment on CBS This Morning to discuss the impacts of discarded plastics on ocean life and sea birds as well as the importance of stemming the flow of plastics into the ocean. In a blog post featuring the CBS clip, Mallos notes that "many of the plastics you touch in your daily life are used only once and thrown away, or at best, recycled." While waste collection and recycling are important components of a clean water solution, solving the "overwhelming" problem of ocean plastics will require a multi-pronged, concerted effort.
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are proud to support the work of Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas® program to address the issue of ocean plastics - through research, practical intervention, and public engagement efforts.