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Bridging poetry and science to imagine better futures

In 2021, The Beach Co-op collaborated with poet, Toni Giselle Stuart, as part of the Hot Poets project, by Tongue Fu and Liv Torc to create the poem, Ocean Home, about our work. Hot Poets saw 12 poets from the UK & South Africa, partner with organisations working to find solutions for climate change, to write new poems that would inform and inspire the world around climate change. The films were released in line with COP 26 in Glasgow, and were screened at the event as well. Collaborations and friendships like these are golden. Thank you Toni.

Women and Water

A primary goal of The Beach Co-op is to empower coastal communities as guardians of our ocean. We feel this can be achieved by building good relationships between coastal communities and the ocean, thereby ensuring individual and community investment in protecting and regenerating ocean health.

The Beach co-op youth programme

THROUGH EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, THE WOMEN AND WATER PROGRAMME AIMS TO::

1) Raise awareness of plastic pollution and ocean health
2) Cultivate ocean literacy and a culture of citizen science
3) Nurture relationships through continued engagement.

Our Women and Water Programme aims to connect young urban citizens to the ocean via the pathways of our urban waterways. Caring for our ocean starts by caring for our neighbourhood.

“The biggest layer of our lives is in our community”

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

MARINE BIOLOGIST, POLICY EXPERT & WRITER

SAY NO TO
SINGLE-USE
PLASTICS

Banning single-use plastics is an achievable start in the much needed shift to reduce the production of plastic and its impact on our climate and oceans.

There is an immediate need for collective awareness and action between government, industry (big and small), civil society organisations and each of us.

Are beach front restaurants part of the solution?

Coral with bits of plastic stuck on it.
Blue watercolour brush stroke illustration.

#PlasticFreeMzansi

Since 2018, TBCO and Twyg have been collaborating to produce a South African version of the annual Australian Plastic Free July campaign.

#PlasticFreeMzansi is an annual media and events campaign focused on eliminating plastic waste. We encourage people to be more aware of their use of plastic, and to work on solutions with communities, retailers and manufacturers.

During July every year, we bring you beach clean-ups, share conscious lifestyle choices and promote circular design.

Person lying in water in an outfit made of plastic.

“One of the alarming conclusions of this project was realising the amount of plastic waste that my household is responsible for producing. Refashion Plastic has opened my eyes to the potential of using plastic waste as components for design.”

Hamzeh Alfarahneh

Youth Visions in a Changing Climate

“The future is bright, gets brighter every day. I am the future and the future is me” (Youth Participant)

Building urban resilience to climate change requires inclusion, participation and the co-production of knowledge. Our youth are often excluded from discussions that will directly impact their future. Using art-based methods and experiential-learning, this project aims to explore processes that surface and amplify the voices of our urban youth. The work entails linking two youth communities – Mitchells Plain and Muizenberg- through 3 workshops which involve art-based processes, beach and urban waterway cleanups and a participatory mural development.

A group sit in a circle outside, discussing climate change.

Learn more

This project has been an exciting collaboration between researchers from the Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST) at Stellenbosch University (Nadia Sitas, Odirilwe Selomane), the University of Cape Town and the Beach Co-op (Ffion Atkins), and locally-based artists: CareCreative (Claire Homewood) and members of the HC360 Crew with support from Amava Oluntu.

This project was funded by the Cape Higher Education Consortium, the City of Cape Town and the Global Resilience Partnership. For more info, check out Youth Nature Futures.

Collaborative Partnerships

We would not be able to do the work we do without key stakeholders and partnerships. In addition, and equally as important, to the monetary value that partnerships bring; we are very aware and grateful for partnerships that add value from a skills and knowledge exchange too.

A group of people running on the beach holding run for the oceans flags.