MIAMI – Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise is visiting Miami as part of a month-long tour of the Eastern Seaboard aimed at fighting threats to the seas, climate and communities.
The crew of the Arctic Sunrise, which arrived on Tuesday and will remain in Miami until Nov. 13, is working with the Surfrider Foundation on a coastal clean-up in Miami Beach, identifying the origin of the disposable plastic bottles and containers that are polluting the world’s seas.
Greenpeace also plans to assess the amount of plastic in the Miami River, which runs from Biscayne Bay inland to a point close to Miami International Airport, passing through downtown, residential areas and industrial zones.
Last month, Greenpeace called on the Coca-Cola Company to stop using disposable plastic bottles for its beverages.
British actress and director Bonnie Wright, who is trying to raise awareness of the problems caused by plastic containers, is aboard the Arctic Sunrise, which previously made stops in New York, Norfolk, Virginia, and Wilmington, North Carolina.
The Arctic Sunrise is also working with Nuestro poder Puerto Rico, a grassroots campaign to rebuild rural communities destroyed by Hurricane Maria.
The vessel has participated in protests against oil drilling, whale hunting and illegal fishing, as well as a project to evaluate the environmental damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.