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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Festival to raise awareness of plastic waste

The Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will join the City of Miami for the Dutch Wave Environmental Festival being held in Peacock Park on Saturday, January 23. from 2-5 p.m. 

The Netherlands and Miami are keenly aware of the effects of plastic waste on society. The Netherlands is moving closer to a circular economy where everyone works to minimize the waste of energy and materials. The City of Miami wants to ensure its residents can continue to enjoy a clean and sustainable environment. 

The Dutch Wave Environmental Festival is a free event designed to inspire people to take action to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the ocean, their daily lives, and their communities at large. At the same time, Dutch Wave will call people to use their creativity, innovation and imagination to come up with solutions that can contribute to solving the larger issue of “waste problems.” As long as there are humans, there will be waste, but waste can be reused and repurposed to work again and again.

Mayor Tomás Regalado joins Henne Schuwer, the Dutch Ambassador to the United States, and Dorian van Rijsselberghe, Dutch Olympic windsurfing champion, at this family-friendly event. Dutch Wave Environmental Festival attendees can participate in interactive activities and learn how each person can contribute to a cleaner environment. The Dutch Wave Festival is next to the ISAF Sailing World Cup, so attendees can enjoy a fun and educational day by the water.

“It is very fitting that we join Miami for the Dutch Wave Environmental Festival. Miami, much like the Netherlands, is impacted by water,” said Ambassador Schuwer. “It’s our duty to call attention to the problem of plastic waste, and the power each of us has to reduce and reuse it.”

At the Dutch Wave Environmental Festival attendees, will try to break the US record for the longest chain made from plastic bags. This will be the first attempt in the US to do so. The world record is held by South Africa. The chain made at Dutch Wave will be transformed into a work of art and donated.

The festival is from 2 to 5 pm.

Dutch Wave will also feature:

The 2015 ISAF Sailing CUP winner and Olympic champion Dorian van Rijsselberghe, who will be interviewed about his sport and what he encounters surfing. Van Rijsselberghe will compete in the Summer Olympics in Brazil.

Presentations by Frost Museum, the Plastic Soup Foundation, Surfrider and WWF Brazil and others; Workshops on transforming plastic waste into art works (David Edgar) and beach jewelry (Barbara de Vries);
Cartoonist Gustavo Rodriguez (“Garrincha”) will live sketch the Dutch Wave festival and hold a workshop on cartoon drawing; Music by Dutch DJ Raynor Bruges; and Raffle trip for two to Curacao
Closing presentation with Nathalie Olijslager, the Miami Dutch Consul General, and Raquel Regalado of the Miami-Dade County School Board in Florida.

The Dutch Wave Environmental Festival is the Miami Consulate’s kick-off event of the Netherlands Presidency of the European Union. The Netherlands holds the rotating presidency of the EU until June 30, 2016. During its EU Presidency, the Netherlands will lead the focus of the EU agenda on climate and energy policy, international security and migration, and innovation. For more about the Netherlands Presidency of the EU, visit

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coconut Grove is corporate headquarters for, a non-profit institution in Florida. Personnel depart Coconut Grove, pending weather conditions, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to remove plastic toxic waste from the out islands, i.e., the Florida Keys. For two years the artist known as Jobie re-purposes items into art in Coconut Grove and uses the profits to remove the plastic toxic waste from the shore line before it breaks down into nurdles, (small pieces) and is eaten by smaller fish who are eaten by larger fish and enters the food chain causing autism, breast cancers and other health related issues. Volunteers are welcomed aboard to assist in this effort. Call 305-447-6526 or 786-473-5120 and ask for Jobie Steppe the Director of

January 20, 2016 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plastic bags should be banned period.

January 21, 2016 6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In reality there's no such material as PLASTIC, rather it's a generic term meaning easily mold-able by temperature. Various types of (plastic) bags @ about 112 degrees, fiberglass cures @ about 124, glass @ about 220, steel, not sure about 1800/2400. What gives plastic a bad name is that it's made from oil and when it breaks down it goes back to a carbon state. Oil is nothing, but dead life and is no different that the stuff everyone flushes down the toilet, which always, eventually ends up in the ocean, eaten by fish and when the fish are eaten by humans the carbon footprint enters your cells. Presently all life forms, humans, animals and every tree and blade of grass has this carbon footprint. It's in every cell of all life forms. Autism, cancers, particularly breast cancers and many forms of disease and related health care issues are the direct result of this carbon footprint. All oil wells burn excess gas and all fuel burning engines belch this stuff into the environment; you drink it, eat it & breath carbon in, and everyone does, your DNA gets modified! Carbon is the direct cause of autism. The world is just waking up to this reality that began with the industrial age. The U.N. is dispatching research vessels throughout the oceans and some world leaders are outright stating "My God, what have we done to humanity"! Recently about 55 out of 100 children born had signs of autism, scientist soon predict that 100 children out of 100 born will have signs of autism. And there's a lot of things individuals and families can do to protect their children, great grandchildren and future generations. However, most folks are more interested in talking on their plastic cell phones, drinking from plastic bottles, eating off of plastic dinnerware, driving their mostly plastic vehicles and when they are pregnant in a hospital they allow someone to stick a plastic tube in their arm or wrist and when their warm blood travels through the plastic tube it causes a release of this carbon footprint directly into their babies brain! Jobie Steppe

January 22, 2016 8:11 AM  

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