Our friends at CSIRO in Australia are gearing up for summer. Lucky them!! But summer is beach time and although the beaches of Australia are some of the most beautiful in the world, like here, they are becoming more and more polluted with single use plastic waste. Dr. Denise Hardesty leads a team of scientists, school students and community members who have been working their way around the Australian coastline taking note of the garbage that has washed up on the beach. From light globes to cigarette butts, you name it, they’ve probably found it. And now Denise is offering her time to talk about the project live on our Ustream channel (www.ustream.tv/channel/csiro-events) Thursday at 6pm US time. “Marine debris is a major threat to Australia’s wildlife,” said Denise. “So that we can better manage this problem, we’re studying its sources and effects.”
As a result of their research the team are hoping to achieve three things.
- Compile a list of which species are more or less likely to be affected by marine rubbish
- Estimate the effects that things like currents, local population, council and state waste management policies (e.g. rubbish bins and bottle refunds) and other factors have on the amount of rubbish in the ocean; and
- Identify a set of sites that can be used to monitor both marine rubbish and its impacts on wildlife over the long term and at a low cost.
“Our goal is to support people, both politicians and consumers, in making decisions about their behaviour and their investments that are based on scientific information,” said Denise.
Interested to learn more? Get your questions ready and join us on our Ustream channel tomorrow November 15th at 6pm U.S. time or from 10am till 10.30am (AEDST-Australia). All you need is a computer and internet connection, so no excuses.
Contact: Fiona Henderson firstname.lastname@example.org.
The national marine debris research is part of TeachWild, a national three-year research and education program developed by Earthwatch Australia together with CSIRO and Founding Partner Shell.