The latest edition of Motorsport World is now on sale at Spar – Pick n Pay – garage shops and airports.

 

Celebrate World Environment Day - 5 June 2018
June 5, 2018  

Supplied by Motorsport SA Administrator from Motorsport SA
World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

 

World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
 
BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION #beatplasticpollution


“Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. The theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health.

While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences.
 
This World Environment Day, MSA would like to encourage all our Officials, Competitors and Members  to join in raising awareness and inspiring action to form the global movement needed to beat plastic pollution for good.
 
Be part of the worldwide movement to clean up the planet #beatplasticpollution
 

PLASTIC POLLUTANTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

 

Environmental Sustainability is central to the future of Motor Sport. All motorsport stakeholders have a responsibility to ensure that its activities do not negatively impact on the Environment through careless littering and irresponsible conduct.

Dangers of Plastic to Animals
Considering their somewhat placid appearance, the impact of plastic on the environment can be devastating. While it has enhanced the quality of human life with its versatility, plastic also has detrimental effects on the environment and the animals within.

Plastic pollutants may have the following effect on animal-life:

1.    Suffocation
Wild animals sometimes prey at night for food, rummaging garbage bags or containers that for left in the veld. They have to tear open the garbage bags to get to the food inside. Some chew through, ingesting the plastic, some tear through and some even get caught in them, suffering a slow suffocation. Plastic bags in the home may also played a role in harming our animals and may cause suffocation as an end result.

2.    Strangulation
Plastic barrier tape, such as those used at off-road events, can become wrapped around an animal's neck causing a slow, suffering death.

3.    Ingestion
Ingesting plastic can be just as detrimental, especially if the plastic does not pass through the animal's digestive system and to the animal's feces. The plastic will remain in the animal's stomach, causing adverse health effects and eventually death.

The following basic rules must be followed at all time in order to prevent the devastating effect of plastic pollution:

RESPONSIBILITIES OF MOTORSPORT ORGANISERS AFTER AN EVENT

Ensure that all arrows, route markers and barrier tape are removed from the track immediately after that section of the route has been completed. All of these items are not only a threat to the environment but may be life threatening to wild, farm and domestic animals.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF MOTORSPORT COMPETITORS AND CREWS

Plastic bags and barrier tape negligently left along the route of an event are a cause of pollution but pose serious threats to the lives of children, domestic, farm and wild animals.

These products must be disposed of at appropriate sites identified for refuse collection.

Competitors and their service crews should be issued with paper or refuse bags for the disposal of personal waste. These personal containers must be disposed of both during and after the event in designated refuse containers. Pit and surrounding areas must be kept clean at all times.

The use of biodegradable tear-off visor strips is recommended at all time.
 
Fore more information or for further reading, please visit https://www.unenvironment.org/

 


T: 011 675 2220
E: msa@motorsport.co.za

2nd Floor, Meersig 1
C/O Upper Lake Lane & Constantia Blvd
Constantia Kloof, Roodepoort

PO Box 6677
Weltevreden
1715

Monday – Thursday from 08:00 to 16:00
Friday from 08:00 to 15:00

Copyright . Motorsport. All rights reserved