Tim Silverwood

Jul 22, 2018 | Do Gooders

Tim Silverwood, CEO of Take 3 for the Sea has been in the biz for over a decade. His love for surfing has fuelled his campaign to keep the oceans clean. Because the ocean is downhill from everywhere.
Where’s your ‘hood?

Take 3 is based on the Central Coast of NSW but has staff and volunteers throughout Australia and the world.

I live in Bondi Beach.

Why it’s so good?

Living in Bondi Beach you are faced with a dichotomy. It feels as though half of the population is completely on board with environmentally conscious behaviour and the other half couldn’t care less.

It inspires me to make Bondi a leader in addressing this problem – they say if you can make it work in Bondi you can make it work anywhere. 

1: Tell me about your campaign

Take 3 For The Sea

Since 2009 Take 3 have been delivering education programs in schools, surf clubs, communities and online to reduce plastic pollution and promote the transition to a circular economy.

Our message is simple:

Take 3 pieces of rubbish when you leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere and you’ve made a difference.

2: What ‘moment’ started this journey?

The 3 co-founders of Take 3 each have their own unique back story as to why they became committed to reducing plastic pollution & waste.
For me, it was traveling around the world as a surfer and witnessing the devastation of pollution in what should be pristine environments. I realised that if we didn’t take immediate action on this issue it would spiral out of control – and it has.

3: how did the idea grow?

Our focus initially was in making an impact locally on the Central Coast of NSW but it soon became apparent that our message had National & Global appeal.

By embracing online communications and social media we have watched our impact grow beyond our wildest dreams.

The #take3forthesea hashtag has now been used in 129 countries 

Our schools education programs have educated over 200,000 young people around Australia.   

4: Any Unexpected delights along the way?

Winning the Taronga Conservation Society Inaugural Green Grant (& $50k!) in 2010 was our first major surprise. Some other highlights include being featured by Instagram in their first book celebrating the impact of the platform in 2014 and being invited to share our message at the Our Ocean Conference in Washington D.C. in 2016.

5: How can we get involved?

The simplest way is through social media.

We encourage people to share photos with the #take3forthesea hashtag to inspire others to participate in reducing waste and removing plastic pollution.

Follow us on Facebook or Insta and register for email updates or donate at ww.take3.org.

6: Where to next?

In the next 12 months we aim to educate 30,000 school students and remove 3 million pieces of rubbish from the environment. We are seeking significant partners to scale up our organisation to empower millions of people (particularly in developing regions) to participate in reducing waste and plastic pollution.

7: Tips & Adivce

Have fun!

Learn from others who are more experienced than you.

Network and build relationships with others.

Your community are your most valuable asset.

8: your legacy

What do you hope your legacy will be?

For Take 3 as an organisation we want to continue to build our organisation to be sustainable and for our message to last the test of time, similar to ‘do the right thing’.

As an individual I want to be a leader in steering society to a sustainable relationship with our biosphere and all species who inhabit it.

9: staying positive

I’m empowered by the plethora of positive stories that emanate from the growing global community addressing this problem.

I also acknowledge that giving up on our oceans or doing nothing to stop this problem is simply not an option.

10: favourite quote

“We are the people we’ve been waiting for.”

I love that it emphasises that we can’t sit around waiting for someone else to solve the problem – it’s up to all of us.

Thanks Tim! 

We first met Tim at a litter congress (yep, that’s a real thing) and have seen him speak at several events. We love the twinkle in his eye when he speaks about what he is most passionate about.  

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