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    Plastic pollution: ‘We’ve lost the battle on the beaches’
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    Plastic pollution: ‘We’ve lost the battle on the beaches’

    November 18, 2019

    I found this on the
    beach the other week. So that’s an insulin jab,
    insulin jab, God know what that is. I’m stopping beach
    cleaning today. This is my last
    beach clean ever. How come? Because I’ve spent
    four years losing. Let’s have a look. A wet wipe,
    a nightmare. I only started
    cleaning beaches in 2014. There was five trillion
    pieces of plastic in the ocean. As I finish beach cleaning
    in 2019, them numbers have increased
    to 15 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean. We are trying to mop up
    a flood and the tap’s still running. And your instincts there wouldn’t be
    to just get the mop out, it would be to turn the tap off. If I just pointed out stuff
    that come from the beach … Toy soldiers are always
    valued by beach cleaners. A Lego brick. This one is full of plastic bottles. I would imagine. Mainly single-use
    plastic bottles. And my kids’ swing
    which is a huge buoy. And this was collected in
    an hour and a half on North Beach, Aberystwyth. There’s 1,731
    cigarette butts in there. This is another sort of reason
    for me stopping as well, is I’ve spent far too many weekends
    away from my kids. And my three … you know,
    walking through Aberystwyth, they … They are not the only kids
    in the world to do it but they will just stop and pick up
    a plastic bottle out of the gutter and take it to a bin. You do that, don’t you Cal? Would you buy one? With me? Do you buy
    when you’re not with me? When you’re with who? All right, are we ready? Come on, then. We are off to
    Aberystwyth University, so when we get there,
    there will be maybe 30-40 teenagers from Shrewsbury. And we’ll be doing
    an urban litter pick and then a beach clean. To be honest it feels a little
    bit like a relief to finish losing
    actually feels quite nice, and to not let it all go because
    it’s not a case of letting it all go, it’s a case of finding
    real environmental actions that actually make an impact. Hello. Hello. You all right? It’s not that it’s not worth it,
    it’s not that it’s not noble … You all right?
    Come in, come in. You guys might not know this
    but you are generation plastic. Can you hold up
    your bottle, please? So this, guys, Coca-Cola make 110 billion
    plastic bottles every year. They take no responsibility for that. In scale, charities are already … They are not on the back foot,
    they are not even in the ring, to be honest with you, you know. WWF, you know, you want
    to sponsor a panda everything is going
    extinct. Surfers Against Sewage
    plastic-free communities … It’s just more plastic
    being made than ever. But they are up against
    the impossible task that’s my point and isn’t it time
    that the third sector sort of sat back
    and asked themselves some really hard questions
    about, are we successful? There you go.
    There’s your plastic-free Aberystwyth. She has a plastic cup,
    with a plastic lid and a plastic straw. Underneath the flag. No, it means,
    to the people that are involved and the people that
    support it, it means a lot. Because it means that they
    are doing their best. But when you’re talking about
    1% of the population and the other 99% are
    carrying on, like, nothing has happened. Do you know what that is? Yes, it’s a tampon
    applicator. It actually is, yeah. Picking it up isn’t
    really the answer this is to show you guys
    the problem. What the answer
    to that problem is, is the end of producing plastic which is ultimately a fossil fuel. if you want to do something
    which is super, super positive, plant a tree. For the environment that
    would be my number one thing to do. Outside of going into a shop
    and opening every single Coca-Cola
    bottle in there and not buying any of them. I would love to go back
    to beach cleaning in five years time, knowing that the action
    that I’m taking, the energy I’m putting into it, and everybody else
    that comes out and volunteers, is cleaning the sea. But plastic production
    and the lack of recycling is so broken that it’s like trying to stop
    a tsunami with your hand up. It’s just not going to happen.

    How to Make a Simple Pop Pop Boat
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    How to Make a Simple Pop Pop Boat

    August 14, 2019

    Today I’m going to show you how to make a really
    cool candle powered pop pop boat using household items. To make it we’re going to need an empty drinks can,
    some Blu-Tack, 2 straws and an empty juice carton. First we’re going to make the boiler, and
    we’ll start by taking the Coke can cutting off the top and bottom with a pair of
    scissors, and turning it into a flat sheet. Then we’ll cut a straight line down one edge, and from
    that mark out a rectangle 6cm wide by 18cm long. Be very careful not to cut yourself. Once we’ve cut that out we need to gently fold it in half, but don’t
    push down hard on the fold as we don’t want it to tear. Next we need to mark out a 1cm
    line around one half of the boiler and cut it out with our scissors, so we
    should now have something which looks like this. Next we’re going to take out Bu-Tack, warm it up in our hands
    and roll it out into a long worm about 0.5cm fat. Then we’re going to open up our boiler pattern and stick the
    Blu-Tack onto the 2 outside edges of the smaller half. Next we’re going to fold it in half, remembering
    not to push down hard on the fold and stick the two halves together. Then we’re going to take a bit more
    Blu-Tack and put it on the edges. It should look like this. Next we’re going to fold over the tabs on both sides, and gently crimp
    it all the way up with some pliers to form a seal. Then we need to take our scissors and cut off the
    excess tab to leave one long tab along the bottom. Next we’re going to take our Blu-Tack and push
    it into a flat strip about 1cm wide. Then we’re going to wrap it around the end of
    one of the straws, followed by the second. Add a bit more until the straws are well
    sealed in a good plug of Blu-Tack. Next we’re going to open up the end of the
    boiler, be very careful not to cut your fingers and push in the straws and Blu-Tack plug. Add a bit more Blu-Tack to form a good
    tight seal. It should look like this. Then we’re going to take our scissors and cut the
    bottom tab along each side of the straws. Next fold the tabs over and give them a squeeze with some
    pliers, but be careful not to rip the metal. Our boiler is not complete. Next we need to test it’s air tight by dipping it into
    a bowl of water and gently blowing through the straws. If you see any air leaking, give that area a
    gentle squeeze with the pliers and try again. To make the boat we’re going to take our empty juice carton, mark out and
    draw a line down the middle of it, and cut it in half. To make the cabin for the inside of the boat, cut
    the bottom off the half with the plastic lid. or if you have another empty juice carton, you can cut
    the bottom off that to make a slightly bigger cabin. I’ve also cut out some windows and we’ll be fixing that in place later. Next we need to cut a small hole in the bottom
    of the boat for the 2 straws to go through. This should be roughly half way up the carton an in the middle. Then we need to put a thin ring of
    Blu-Tack around the hole on both sides. Next we’re going to take our boiler and
    poke the 2 straws through the hole. Then we’re going to fix the straws firmly in place to the
    bottom of the boat with a strip of tape, Making sure the straws run to the back
    of the boat and are central. Then cut the straws off flush with the back of the boat. Next using a stapler we’re going to fix the cabin in place. And finally we need to make sure the Blu-Tack rings around
    the straws are pushed together to form a good seal. Our boat is now water tight and complete, but to use
    it we first need to prime the boiler with water. To do this we’re going to take one of
    our straw off cuts and snip the end. Then we’re going to poke it into one of
    the straws at the back of the boat and with a mouth full of clean water, blow water through
    the system until it comes out of the other straw. The boiler is now primed and ready to use. All we need to do now is drop a candle under the middle of the
    boiler, put it into the bath, and wait for it to warm up. It shouldn’t take long for the boiler to start popping, and off she goes. After a while you might find that the boiler leaks and doesn’t work properly,
    in which case you might need to seal it with some more Blu-Tack. Or if you have any you could make a
    boiler using epoxy glue rather then Blu-Tack. This is far more durable and should last a lot longer. You can paint your boat using a waterproof acrylic paint if you like, you
    can also spray it with a waterproofing lacquer to help protect it. But make sure it’s completely dry before you use it. If it’s taking a while to get going, try dropping a second
    candle underneath the boiler. This should help speed things up. If you like this project, maybe you’d like to take a look at some of
    my other videos by clicking on the links on the right hand side. Or take a look at my youtube channel page. Have fun and happy boating!