Stop Using a Straw! OIST Volunteers Send Out Instagram Messages
OIST Eco Club, composed of 15 members of OIST researchers, students and their family members, started “World Oceans Day Photo Contest” on Instagram. The aim is to disseminate educational messages to prevent further oceanic contamination with plastic products, through posting photos of people with a drink not using a straw. The deadline for the photo contest is until 7 pm on June 8, Friday.
The photo contest was planned coinciding the June 8 “World Ocean Day.” To participate in the context, you need to post a photo with a hush tag (#OISTdoesntsuck, #stopsucking, or #OISTストローフリー) and to follow @OISTedu and add at least one of your friends’ tag to be disseminated. Awards will be given for excellent photos with a gift of stainless straw or wrapping paper coated with beewax.
Ms. Margaret Brisbin and Ms. Maki Thomas, the 4th year PhD students at OIST commented, “Plastic straws are all around us and they are difficult to be recycled. We may be using it even when it is not necessary. Unless every one of us tackles with it, we cannot reduce plastic wastes.”
On June 8 at 7 pm, there will be a movie night at Beach Bar Coconut Moon in Yamada district in Onna Village, showing a short documentary film titled, “Because it’s Our Ocean,” depicting the problem of wastes washed ashore of Ikema Island.
A similar article is carried on June 2 Ryukyu Shimpo.