Atmosphere helps global initiative to raise awareness about ocean pollution
Atmosphere assisted the Race for Water Odyssey environmental expedition with its mission to raise awareness of ocean pollution, educate and find solutions in the race against time to save our planet’s sea life and water.
Supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the expedition is aimed at putting together the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and has almost completed its 300-day research project visiting island beaches situated in our planet’s five known ‘trash hotspots’ or ‘vortexes’. Data collected during the first six months have shown that plastic pollution in our oceans is widespread and in large quantities.
“Plastic litter is affecting our marine life and is probably placing the human food chain at risk” said Marco Simeoni, president of the Race for Water Foundation and expedition leader during their visit to Cape Town.
The impact of plastic pollution on sea life is vast with 267 different species known to have suffered from entanglement or ingestion of marine debris, including 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all sea bird species, while 70 to 100% of albatrosses are known to ingest plastics.
The Race for Water Foundation is researching a range of possible solutions to plastic pollution, including changing people’s perspective about the value of plastic by creating a monetary incentive to recycle plastic. In Cape Town, the Race for Water Odyssey crew visited schools, met with local environmental non-government organisations (NGOs) and addressed the scientific community.