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RAW TRUTH: PLASTIC - A Journey from Source to Solution
The legacy of the Silk Road
Uncommon Ground New Art from the Landscape

A Journey from Source to Solution

A Powerful Photographic Exhibition and Inspiring Talks to challenge and educate a global audience about plastic pollution. Raw Foundation’s mission is to eliminate single-use plastic by 2030.

 Wednesday 24 May–14 June 2017
 10.00am–5.00pm Monday to Friday
 10.00am–4.00pm Saturdays 28 May, 4 and 11 June 
 Free entry

Since the dawn of humanity, people have gathered together to eat and drink, make music and dance, create art and perform rituals, learn and share ideas, trade and become inspired. While our personal and collective choices have been altering the planet for thousands of years, our burgeoning population and global spread of consumerism means our ecological impact has never been more critical than it is today.

“The production, use and disposal of single-use plastic has become one of the most serious environmental and human health problems facing us today.”

Leading a world's first expedition, Melinda Watson set off to explore the length of Africa from Cairo to Cape Town, to shine a global Spotlight on the scale and peril of plastic pollution.

The key purpose of this pioneering journey was to track the world’s plastic footprint in some of the world’s most extraordinary, remote landscapes and cultures in order to raise awareness about the true extent of plastic pollution.

What types and quantities of plastic waste were there? Where did they originate? What were the impacts? What is being done about it and what are the solutions?

Over 17,000 kms, bush-camping all the way and recording rubbish every 100kms, Melinda: dived into dangerous rubbish dumps; located landfill sites; surveyed source to sea debris; opened government official doors; met waste ministers; reviewed reuse and recycling initiatives; carried out beach cleans; probed into pristine environments; tapped into tribal wisdom; collaborated and created lasting links.

Melinda’s adventure-with-purpose story combines an engaging message and a strong call to action.

Photographers: Andy Hughes MA RCA and Alexander Mourant

© Realising Another World (RAW ) Foundation, a UK Registered Sustainable Development Charity (No. 1138724) and a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (No. 7310462).

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