Marine Litter
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Two superheroes, Captain Fanplastic and the Black Mermaid have teamed up for a new book, set to combat marine litter and connect readers of all ages to the ocean’s call:


Cape Town, South Africa (11 October 2023) — The release of the new book “Captain Fanplastic & the Black Mermaid,” is something any eco-conscious or curious reader (no matter your age) can get excited about as page by page we connect a little more to the oceans while combatting marine litter.

Authored by Social Behaviour Change Expert & Head of Programme at Captain Fanplastic, Ruben Hazelzet, this book serves as a catalyst for change through experiential education at a time when the push to reduce marine litter is stronger than ever amid climate change, aquatic life conservation and environmental concerns.

In a format that’s enormously easier to break down than plastic,  “Captain Fanplastic & the Black Mermaid” sheds light on the importance of recognizing our role in protecting the oceans, from wherever we are—whether we read it in classrooms or offices.

A powerful tool to engage readers of all ages in the mission to preserve our planet’s most precious resource, its core message is that the ocean doesn’t flourish far out at sea, but from choices that come from within all of us.

“I am incredibly excited about the release of this book. It represents a renewed commitment from Captain Fanplastic to educate and inspire change, by combining our story with an incredible role model like Zandile Ndhlovu and her powerful message.” says Ruben Hazelzet.

“Our goal is to connect people with our oceans and give them a sense of responsibility towards it, and this third book to the series is a significant step in that direction.”

According to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), marine litter poses a grave threat to Goal 14: Life Below Water, which seeks to conserve and sustainably use the oceans.

Statistics indicate that over 11 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans each year, highlighting the urgent need for action to combat this environmental crisis. The book also touches on various Global Goals for 2030, with a special focus on SDG 11- Sustainable Cities and SDG 4- Quality Education.

Zandile Ndhlovu, PADI Freediving Instructor and founder of the Black Mermaid Foundation shares her enthusiasm:

“We are all part of the collective heart working to protect our oceans. The Black Mermaid Foundation focuses on creating access to the ocean, allowing us to expand dreams and our worlds. Powerful stories build our courage. It’s an incredible honour to work with Captain Fanplastic on this mission, and we’re elated to see this work go out into the world!”

In addition to the book’s release, Captain Fanplastic has ambitious plans to create underwater virtual reality videos with Zandile Ndhlovu that will enhance its classroom programme offering, set to bring the wonders of our oceans closer to those without direct access to the oceans.

The book’s thrill follows Captain Fanplastic’s recent recognition as a winner in the World Economic Forum’s Uplink Great Blue Wall Challenge, further cementing its great efforts in addressing marine litter, enhancing education and promoting ocean health.

Additionally, the organisation is endorsed by the United Ocean Decade of Actions for its exemplary work across African Indian Ocean islands.

“Captain Fanplastic & the Black Mermaid” is already available for purchase, along with their two other educating and enchanting books.

All are encouraged to join the movement towards a cleaner, more sustainable future for our oceans. Captain Fanplastic also encourages group or corporate sponsorships and donations for community organisations and schools. Funds generated from the sales will be split evenly between the two Captain Fanplastic & The Black Mermaid Foundation.

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