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Plastic Free July began in 2011 with Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and a small team in local government in Western Australia. Understorey covered the campaign back in 2013, and our month of interviews are still streamable from the RTRFM website. Now in 2019 millions of people across the globe take part, with many committing to play an individual role in reducing plastic pollution far beyond the month of July. State Minister for the Environment Stephen Dawson launched Plastic Free July in Kings Park, announcing that a climate change consultation is commencing this month and finishes in December! Piers Verstegen, Director of the Conservation Council, hopes that the state will take up active responsibilities given the federal government is likely to meet Paris Agreement standards.
(Photo: Stephen Dawson, founder of plastic free July, Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, image A Glamorgan)
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In ecology, the understorey grows where light shines through the forest canopy.
Our award-winning Understorey journalists highlight local and globally-connected environmental issues that the other media commonly pass over.
RTRFM’s long-running dedicated environment program makers Adrian Glamorgan and Elizabeth PO’ bring together stories from near and sometimes afar, whether it be conservationists rehabilitating habitat, citizen scientists gathering data, campaigners at the frontline, or decision-makers at their desks, seeking solutions together to the challenges affecting our shared air, water, land and life processes.