A 21-day #SayNo2Plastics Challenge by Greenpeace and Discovery calls on the public to take action against plastic pollution.

Singapore— Greenpeace Southeast Asia and Discovery Southeast Asia will launch a #SayNo2Plastics Challenge on April 22, 2022, Earth Day. The campaign will shed light on the plastics crisis and invite the wider public to be part of the solution by choosing sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic.

For Earth Day 2022, Greenpeace and Discovery SEA will bring in environmental advocates from across Asia— Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam to ring in the urgency to act and save the planet. Dedicated Discovery TV shows will echo themes from climate to plastics.

“Single-use plastics pose a major threat to our environment, people and the climate. While used for very short periods, single-use plastic remains in our environment for a long time, polluting ecosystems, harming wildlife and contaminating our food system”, said Marian Ledesma, Zero-Waste Campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines. “But the problem is bigger than waste, because every stage of plastic’s lifecycle – from extraction and production all the way to waste disposal – produces carbon emissions, exacerbates social inequalities and exposes people to toxic pollutants and harmful chemicals. Urgent action on the plastic crisis is necessary to protect the Earth and all living creatures calling it home. Governments and businesses must take measures to drastically reduce plastic production and accelerate the shift to refill and reuse models.”

How to participate?

The 21-day #SayNo2Plastics Challenge, Greenpeace and Discovery invite the audience to do one, or all, of the following:

  • Post a photo of your daily plastic use (count how many plastics you use, if any!)
  • Post a photo of your reusables (bottles, bags, cutlery, straws instead of disposables)
  • Screenshot and sign this petition to #BreakFreeFromPlastic

Contestants must use #SayNo2Plastics and #BreakFreeFromPlastic and tag @Discovery_SEAsia and @GreenPeaceSEA on Instagram.

Everyone who participates will receive an Eco E-Journal from Greenpeace and Discovery branded reusable items like a water bottle, cutlery set, lunchbox and drawstring backpack.

For more information, please go to act.gp/GreenpeaceSEAEarthDay

Closing date: 13th May, 2022

Meet Southeast Asia’s Sustainability Ambassadors

Noted eco-warriors and sustainability ambassadors from Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam have been tapped to help raise awareness about the plastic crisis in this region.

These include Asian star influencers: Liv Golding Charlotte Mei Jia En Melissa Tan Aishah Jennifer Sinclair Antoinette Taus Seri Mizani Maricel Lukkanit Cat Trivino, Nadya Hutagalung Mike Lewis Rin Rin Marinka and Oz Chanarat .

They will share their stories on how to live sustainably.

Earth Day Special TV Shows on Discovery Networks

In celebration of Earth Day 2022 (April 22), Discovery and Animal Planet will be premiering exclusive programs about the growing concerns of overpopulation, loss of biodiversity, and depleting the environment. Discovery will be airing the following:

Endangered: Executive produced and narrated by Ellen DeGeneres. United by the planet’s biggest conservation project — The Red List — conservation heroes worldwide are risking everything to save giraffes, gorillas, big cats and other endangered wildlife. 18 April, Monday 7:10pm (SEA/PH) 6:10pm (BKK/JKT)

Expedition Deep Ocean: Explorer Victor Vescovo and his team embark on an unprecedented global mission to dive to the deepest points of all five oceans, a feat no one has ever achieved. 20-24 April Wed-Sun 7:10pm (SEA/PH) 6:10pm (BKK/JKT)

Chasing Ocean Giants: From Oscar-winning director James Reed, adventurer Patrick Dykstra goes to the ends of the earth in pursuit of close encounters with the largest and most elusive ocean giants on the planet. 20-24 April Wed-Sun 8:15 pm (SEA/PH) 7:15 pm (BKK/JKT)

First To The Top Of The World: It starts like a bad joke — an insurance salesman and a doctor walk into a bar — but this epic, true story ends with the most unlikely team of explorers re-writing the history books by becoming the first people actually to reach the North Pole. 19 April Tuesday, 7:10pm (SEA/PH) 6:10pm (BKK/JKT)

Animal Planet will be airing the following shows:

Endangered: United by the planet’s biggest conservation project — The Red List — conservation heroes worldwide are risking everything to save giraffes, gorillas, big cats and other endangered wildlife. 22 April Monday, 7:00pm (SEA/PH) 6:00pm (BKK/JKT)

The Last Unknown: Acclaimed Nature Photographer Ian Shive embarks on a high-stakes ride to the farthest edge of our planet, uncovering the mysteries of America’s vastly unexplored National Wildlife Refuge System and one of the least known national parks. 22 April Monday, 9:00pm (SEA/PH) 8:00pm (BKK/JKT)