World Conservation Day: Cleanup & Picnic
Plastic Pirates Community Event
Join this Green Steps community gathering,
take action to clean up the water edges from plastic pollution, and enjoy a picnic meal with your family and friends.
Celebrated every year on July 28, World Nature Conservation Day
recognizes that a healthy environment is a foundation for a stable and productive society and to ensure the well-being of present and future generations, we all must participate to protect, conserve, and sustainably manage our natural resources.
It is a global reminder to preserve natural resources.
08:45 Gathering downtown Shanghai
09:00 Private van transfer leaves
10:00 Get to Wusong Park Wetland - Activity brief
10:15 Plastic Pirates cleanup
12:30 Picnic Lunch Break
14:00 Sharing Session - Playtime on the grassland
15:00 Private van transfer back
Shanghai People's Square Ground Parking (nearby Shanghai Museum)
上海人民广场地面停车场 （上海博物馆 的周边）
Ticket price includes transportation and park entrance fee.
The event takes place even in case of light rain; cancellation only in case of heavy rain or storm.
Participants need to bring:
Participants need to wear comfortable clothes, solid sports shoes (closed shoes as a protection for sharp objects) and dress properly according to the weather forecasts (i.e. raincoat in case of rain, mosquito repellent, sun protection, etc.).
Prepare for the picnic lunch. Bring your own food, cutlery and tablecloth (avoid single-use packaging).
Bring your personal reusable water bottle – all our activities aim to be zero waste!
Facilitation in English and Chinese.
Suitable for all ages.
This inspiring community event teaches, in an enjoyable way, about the impact of plastic in our environment, how it affects our life and the life of future generations.
By joining the event you will understand the scope and scale of plastic pollution. Your children will get an early understanding of one of the most urgent environmental issues of the 21st century, while you will forge new friendships and become part of a community of purpose.
We can turn this ship around if we work together!
More than 90% of all plastic waste which we have discarded into our water bodies since WWII has already sunk to the bottom of oceans and rivers, where it breaks up into ever-smaller particles. Plastic is though forever and only breaks up mechanically into smaller units like stone or shell breaks down into the sand. It never really changes its chemical composition. As such it enters the food chain and consequently our own bodies. The life cycle of plastic shows that how we treat the environment is a reflection of how we treat ourselves.
Shanghai’s Wusong Park is of tremendous geostrategic importance to understand the impact of our consumption in the world. This location sits at the confluence of China’s longest river, the Yangtze, and Shanghai’s mightiest river, the Huangpu. Standing here and gazing far out into the Yellow Sea where huge ocean vessels are busy shipping their freight, one wonders how much waste both these rivers, one being the largest of the world’s most populous nation, the other being the largest of this nation’s most populous city, carry every day, every minute, every second out into the open ocean.
What can I do to stop this?
What can I do to keep this planet inhabitable for future generations?
This is a Green Steps community event
Together we can build a better future. Join us on this effort to create a healthy and sustainable society.
Let’s take action and protect one of the most valuable resources, water, from one of the biggest threats, plastic pollution.
Become an active member of a vibrant community, meet like-minded citizens, and spend a great day in Nature with Green Steps!
The itinerary of this event includes a collective clean-up, an enjoyable nature discovery route through the wetland beautiful scenery, and games in the grassland for the younger ones after the meal.
Enjoy the park, strengthen your connection with Nature, and have a zero-waste picnic lunch: welcome to share your food, play your music instrument, think of a game, read your book or just have a nap while resting under the clouds.
We encourage you to bring homemade food without creating unnecessary waste. Don't forget the essential (i.e. tablecloth, cutlery, reusable bottle) to have a Zero Waste meal.
Family and friends are all invited to join
SEE YOU IN NATURE!