When rubbish is gone, nature carries on

Each year the City of Gold Coast and Gecko Environment Council join forces in coordinating the Clean Up Australia Day, and every year there is overwhelming support from the Gold Coast community. In 2017, our Clean Up Australia Day is led by a truly inspirational Gold Coaster, Patrick Brabant.

At just 13 years old, Patrick has achieved more than most of us will do in a lifetime.

Patrick designed and maintains his own website patsendangeredanimals.com. He has also been a guest blogger for Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Both these projects are committed to spreading the message about the world’s most endangered animals, conservation programs and what people can do to help save wildlife. And as if this wasn’t impressive enough, at the age of six he opened a frog conservation and research facility at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where they have now gone to breed the endangered Tinker Frogs, the first bred in captivity.

Patrick’s passion and involvement isn’t all about endangered animals though. He has worked tirelessly to inspire his primary school to compost, recycle and to reduce waste through encouraging students to bring lunches in reusable containers instead of packaging. This project has the school drop from filling 37 bins a week to around 6 bins per week.

Patrick’s extraordinary commitment has been recognised by many; he has won Griffith University Science Award for his project on palm oil, Environmental Achievement Award in 2017 Australia Day Awards on the Gold Coast, he is a represent on the Queensland Youth and Environment Council and Australia Youth Climate Coalition and he is a NaturallyGC ambassador for the City of Gold Coast.

This year Patrick has come on board on promoting Clean Up Australia Day on the Gold Coast to increase participation and to raise awareness on issues surrounding litter.

“There are over a hundred million tonnes of rubbish in the world’s oceans and over eight million more tonnes are being added every year,” he says.

“Did you know that 420 million plastic bottles enter Australia’s oceans each year? Every year over 1 million sea birds and over 100,000 mammals die because of plastic. If we don’t take action by 2050, 99% of all sea birds will have ingested plastic.

“Plastic Bags are getting a lot of attention because of the damage they do to the environment. At least 180 million plastic bags enter the environment in just a single year. A survey by QLD Parks Service found out that 70% of dead endangered Loggerhead Turtles have eaten plastic bags.”

“My goal in life is to ensure that there are no animals or plants suffering or in threat of extinction and this is more important now than ever before.”

For further information on how to participate contact Gecko at (07) 5534 1412 / events@gecko.org.au or visit the Clean Up Australia Day website www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au.

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