As you may have seen on our Instagram story, each Friday we provide you with the essential plastic news from the week. We're pleased to be bringing this weekly series to the Sky Ocean Rescue website too! See below for the second round-up.
#PassOnPlastic Hero of the Week
A big congratulations to Beach Guardian for being the #PassOnPlastic Hero of the week!
Founded by Marine Biology grad Emily Stevenson and her dad Rob, ‘Beach Guardian’ is an organisation supporting community-led clean-ups in remote areas of coastline. Starting out by collecting rubbish in the back of their Nissan, the duo reached out through social media for help and this fantastic organisation was born! From art installations to school workshops, this project showcases how the enthusiasm of local communities and grassroot projects can have a big impact on our whole planet.
1. Ocean Space opens in Venice, an arts space to highlight marine preservation
The ocean is one of the richest sources of natural beauty in the world, and has been a source of inspiration for artists, musicians and creatives for as long as we can chart. But plastic pollution not only makes the ocean unhealthy, but it takes away some of it's beauty.
This week, a new multimedia installation by artist Joan Jonas inaugurates Ocean Space - a collaborative platform for change bringing the plight of our oceans to the fore.
2. Microplastics have been discovered in the Pyrenees, carried there by the wind
Researchers collected an average of 365 tiny pieces of plastic from each square metre of their sample region over a five-month period. The sample site in southwest France was just over four miles away from the nearest village and around 75 miles from the nearest city of Toulouse.
As well as the physical fragments, toxins added during manufacturing and organic pollutants gathered during air and water travel also accumulate in ecosystems. Scientists are only now beginning to measure the damage to wildlife and potential impacts on human health.
3. The Nature Conservancy will reward countries that protect the ocean with £30m 'Blue Bonds' scheme
International environmental non-profit, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has set a new ambition to unlock up to $1.6bn in the restoration and conservation of marine environments, through a £30 million "Blue Bonds for Ocean Conservation".
The bonds work by encouraging a nation to commit to protecting at least 30% of its near-shore ocean areas, including reefs, fish spawn sites and other ocean habitats. In return, the TNC will help the that nation's debt through restructure.
4. Scientists work to track ocean plastic from space to help clear it up
It's extremely challenging, especially since the individual pieces of litter are smaller than the minimum-sized objects that satellites can resolve, but scientists at the University of Plymouth are tracking ocean plastics from space.
But the approach works by looking for plastic's reflected light signature in the water.
What a week! Stay tuned for more weekly round-ups and exciting new content. Don't forget to check out our bite-sized Instagram round-up too - @SkyOceanRescue