MISSION & HISTORY.
HOW WE WORK.
After sailing across the Pacific Ocean in 2012 to study the Western Garbage Patch, Kristal Ambrose was inspired to spark a plastic pollution revolution in her home, The Bahamas. Her passion for the issue led her to develop and launch Bahamas Plastic Movement (BPM), a non-profit organization geared towards raising awareness and finding solutions to plastic pollution.
Bahamas Plastic Movement believes that through research, education, citizen science & policy change, we can create a healthy marine and terrestrial environment free of plastic pollution.
BPM’s mission is to build a community of education and activism around plastic pollution. By empowering Bahamians to contribute to hands on citizen science and environmental leadership, we aim to evolve mindsets and spark cultural practices that will be pivotal in executing changes at the policy level.
We envision a Bahamas where an engaged public has created a nation free of plastic debris.
1. RESEARCH | Understanding the detrimental role plastic pollution plays in our marine and terrestrial ecosystems are extremely important in the alleviation of the problem. By conducting scientific research we are able to quantify the extent of the issue within The Bahamas and create solutions that fit our model. Our Plastic Beach Project seeks to quantify a baseline data set for plastic pollution within The Bahamas that would allow us to find solutions that fit our model.
2. EDUCATION | By building a community of education and stewardship around plastic pollution issues, we aim to provide accessible science opportunities for the next generation of environmental leaders.
3. CITIZEN SCIENCE | We connect people to the issue of plastic pollution through direct involvement in our scientific research projects. This hands on approach allows individuals to get a firsthand account of plastic pollution and inspires the next generation of environmental stewards.
4. POLICY CHANGE | We encourage individuals, businesses and organizations alike to take ownership over their plastic waste and find opportunities to refuse, rethink, reduce, reuse, and recycle all plastics. We encourage lawmakers to implement policies that would institute proper recycling programs and provide product replacement opportunities for single-use plastic products within the country.