Tackling a tide of plastic 志願者清理南非海灘塑料垃圾

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Tackling a tide of plastic 志願者清理南非海灘塑料垃圾

學習要點

有關 「helping the planet(保護地球)」 的詞彙

邊看邊答

How many tonnes of plastic bottles do the volunteers collect every time they clean the beach?

文字稿

Chris Krauss, Sea The Bigger Picture
My name is Chris Krauss and we have been cleaning beaches for two and a half years. We are here at the mouth of the Black River in Cape Town, busy cleaning this beach, which dumps three and a half tonnes of plastic every day into the ocean.

克里斯‧克勞斯     Sea The Bigger Picture 倡議活動
「我叫克里斯‧克勞斯,我們清理海灘已經有兩年半的時間了。我們現在在開普敦的黑河(Black River)河口,忙著清理這片沙灘,每天有重達3.5噸的塑料經黑河被衝入大海。」

I’m a free diver, so we spend most of our weekends in the ocean. The final straw, so to speak, was a big shopping bag which wrapped itself over my face. That was, to me, arather strong sign that I needed to do something.

「我是個自由潛水者,所以週末的大部分時間都在海裡度過。可以說,最終讓我忍無可忍的是一個大購物袋,在我潛水時蒙在了我的臉上。對我來說,那件事情是需要我做出變化、付諸行動的強烈信號。」

Every clean we at least remove half a tonne of PET (plastic) bottles. To give you an idea: each bottle this size weighs about 20 grams – so you can imagine how many bottles come in half a tonne.

「每次清理,我們至少要清除半噸的聚酯塑料瓶。讓大家瞭解一下:每一個這樣大小的塑料瓶重約20克,這樣你就可以想像半噸重有多少個瓶子。」

Plastic is a petrol and fossil fuel product. Therefore, it is part of the global warming issue. It takes a lot of fossil fuels to make plastic and it is almost a pure fossil fuel in itself.

「塑料是一種汽油和化石燃料製成的產品。因此,它是造成全球氣候變暖問題的一部分。製造塑料需要大量的化石燃料,而塑料本身幾乎就是一種純化石燃料。」

Waseem Rhoda, Volunteer
My name is Waseem Rhoda and I’ve been cleaning beaches with Sea The Bigger Picture for about two years now. I believe we have a responsibility as citizens to keep the beaches clean because a lot of this rubbish ends up in the ocean and consumed by what I think a lot of us enjoy – seafood.

瓦西姆‧羅達     志願者
「我叫瓦西姆‧羅達,作為 Sea The Bigger Picture 活動的參與者,清理海灘已經有兩年時間了。我認為作為地球公民,我們有責任保持海灘清潔,因為很多垃圾最終會進入海洋,被海洋生物吞食,這些海洋生物正是我們許多人愛吃的海鮮。」

Roxy Zunckel, Volunteer
My name is Roxy Zunckel and I have been cleaning beaches for the last, I’d say, 10 years. 「You can’t have any green without the blue” – that’s what Sylvia Earle said. The ocean keeps the entire planet functioning and going around. We need to keep these spaces clean and safe so that we can keep on having our oxygen that we breathe.

羅克西‧贊克爾     志願者
「我叫羅克西‧贊克爾,我清理沙灘已經有10年時間了。『沒有藍色的海洋,就沒有綠色的陸地。』 這是西爾維婭‧厄爾說的話。海洋維持著整個地球的正常運轉。我們需要保持這些空間的清潔和安全,這樣我們才能繼續呼吸氧氣。」

Chris Krauss, Sea The Bigger Picture
We are killing our planet a lot faster than we thought. We have to protect it. Over 100 million marine animals are affected by plastic every single year. We cannot continue on this trajectory of millions of metric tonnes of plastic ending up in the ocean.

克里斯‧克勞斯     Sea The Bigger Picture 倡議活動
「我們毀滅地球的速度比我們想像的要快得多。我們必須保護它。每年有一億多海洋動物受到塑料的影響。我們不能繼續沿著這條軌跡前行,不能縱容數百萬公噸的塑料流入海洋。」

詞彙

the final straw 讓人忍無可忍的事情,最後一根稻草

strong sign 強烈的信號

responsibility 責任

functioning 正常運轉

trajectory 軌跡

問題答案

They collect half a tonne of PET (plastic) bottles every time they clean the beach.