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Kiwi Actor Commends Govt’s Plastic Levy

Kiwi Actor Commends Govt’s Plastic Levy
Aaron Ridgway, Nigel Skeggs, Phil Somerville, Russ Wilkinson, David Jamieson and Martin Henderson at the Port Denarau yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
October 12
11:00 2018

Kiwi actor, Phil Somerville known for his work on Iron Man 3 (2013) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016), has commended Government’s plastic levy.

The actor is in Fiji with the likes of Grey Anatomy’s Dr Nathan Riggs, otherwise known as actor Martin Henderson, for a campaign to reduce plastic usage.

Eat Less Plastic voyage is being led by Mr Somerville. He and his team have berthed their yacht, TO­DAY, at the Port Denarau Marina to begin the programme.

Mr Somerville supported the Government’s 20 cents plastic levy which is in line with their cam­paign.

“At the Government level it is im­portant for them to be involved so keep it up,” Mr Somerville said.

“Obviously in Fiji you have the most beautiful waters on the plan­et.”

Government earlier introduced the 10 cents plastic levy in the pre­vious budget.

The Eat Less Plastic campaign is dedicated to reducing plastic waste by sailing across the Pacific, collecting data, filming the voyage, and pushing for legislative change.


The team is made up of ordinary sailors, actors, businessmen, and ordinary citizens who are on a five-month expedition across the southern Pacific Ocean as they re­cord and collect data on the grow­ing wave of plastic pollution in our ocean.

“Programmes like this we need to get 100 per cent behind it,” he said.

“We need to stop it from going in the water in the first place and that’s just the stuff we can just see that we can clean up. The big prob­lem here is the stuff we can’t see. What I’m noticing here which is micro-plastics.

“This is creating a toxic envi­ronment for our fish and a lot of people survive on fish around the world.”

TODAY is sailing around the southern Pacific Ocean collecting data with the 5 Gyres Trawl Share programme.

The programme empowers action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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