gift card reading 'Spread Joy' Looking for holiday gifts? Give the gift of giving with a GlobalGiving gift card! Shop Gift Cards
This project is competing for bonus prizes *

Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic

by Association Polarquest Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic
Polar expedition to free the oceans from plastic

Summary

Plastic makes up the largest quantity of the non-biodegradable material on earth and is a huge environmental concern. Because of its longevity, it can travel over huge distances from its origin, and accumulate in remote places such as the Poles, a crucial area for the balance of our planet's sustainable future. Last August Polarquest2018 carried out a record breaking microplastic sampling on the edge of the ice shelf at 8207' North above the Svalbard Islands in the Arctic Sea from a sailboat

$75,000
total goal
$6,775
remaining
394
donors
1
monthly donor
1
year

Challenge

Microplastics (plastic smaller than 5 millimeters) is an emerging pollutant threatening species at the base of our food chain, from zooplankton up to fish and marine mammals. It affects their feeding behavior and moves from the digestive tract into the bloodstream. Its presence has been reported as far as the Arctic Ocean. In spite of this threat, there are no regulations on microplastics, an urgent need to assess its pollution and lack of awareness worldwide of the gravity of the threat.

Solution

In summer 2018Polarquest explorers and researchers sailed to the Svalbard archipelago on Nanuq, a 60-foot sailboat designed to sail in polar regions, and were the first to sample microplastic at the edge of the iceshelf, at the record latitude of 8207' North, using a Mantanet. We are now sharing their polar expedition with the public through educational and scientific conferences, media events, a photo exhibition and a TV documentary (in preparation) while scientists are analysing samples.

Long-Term Impact

Our findings will contribute to assess the risk of the impact of miroplastic on the environment, the marine foodchain and life on the planet. Creating awareness among citizens of the threat of microplastic in the oceans, through our communication and educational products featuring the unique expedition and disseminating the new results from scientific sampling in the High Arcic at record latitudes is a powerful way for making make the Global Goals for sustainable development a reality.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​polarquest2018.org
Project website
Project Instagram
Project Twitter
Project Facebook

Organization Information

Association Polarquest

Location: Meyrin, Geneva - Switzerland
Website: http:/​/​polarquest2018.org
Project Leader:
Paola Catapano
Meyrin, Switzerland
* This project is competing for bonus prizes
through the 2018 Year-End Campaign. Terms and conditions apply.

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.