It is a game with prizes, in teams, which also serves for scientific purposes (data collection) and for fun.
In fact, after a massive cleaning of the affected area (the team that collects the most rubbish wins!) And a fresh lunch break (offered), the challenge will continue with other activities related to the sea (canoe race, swimming competition, quiz) for decree the winning team!
The day chosen is Tuesday 27 August 2019 , and will last all day, from 9:30 am to 6 pm. The data collected in the morning will be analyzed and stored. The idea is in fact to repeat the event every year, so that the data collected can be compared year after year and a great attention to the plastic theme is strengthened in the place.
SOFIA is a youth athletics champion, as well as a biology student for organisms and ecosystems at the University of Nice. Her love for nature has led her to collaborate with some international foundations (Parley and Medsea) with which she organizes awareness-raising events for children and university students, and some cleaning of beaches involving locals and tourists. Thanks to the collaboration of these associations, the initiative is part of the #PlasticFreeMed promoted and coordinated by MEDSEA and Parley throughout the Mediterranean.
Tuesday 27th August / Location La Conigliera
Team plastic collection competition
At 10:00 am (approximately) the two-hour time trial will be switched on, in which the different teams will be able to move around the entire Conigliera area (beaches, rocks and paths). At the end of the time limit the teams will have to return to the meeting point and deliver all the waste to the staff.
400 Points per Kg: Plastic
300 Points per Hg: Micro plastic
400 Points per Hg: Cigarettes
100 Points per Kg: Glass
200 Points per Kg: Bulky
-10 Points every minute of delay when time runs out
-100 Points per Hg unsuitable material in the bag
The teams that will go on the podium will receive three fantastic unforgettable prizes to be used during the holiday period in the most beautiful archipelago in the world.
The team that collects the most bizarre rejection will also be awarded.
The surface of our planet is covered by 80% water and only 20% by land. So it would be more appropriate to call the Earth planet Water .
Such a large surface inevitably has a significant role in what we call life and which characterizes our beloved planet . Very probably life itself was born in water , about 4 billion years ago, and only after it arrived on land, where it diversified more and more . The oceans and seas are still today a great reserve of biodiversity, still very unexplored by human beings .
The submarine world is an incredible, magical and fascinating world that has never ceased to intrigue the human being since the beginning of its history . And in the globalized and oppressed society human, that is the current one, the sea continues to constitute one of our greatest resources .
Suffice it to say that thanks to phytoplankton the sea produces more than half of the oxygen we breathe , that the Gulf current allows us to have a temperate climate in Europe, that fish resources are food for millions of people in the world .
Yet, although the sea is essential for us, today we heavily threaten its integrity with climate change, intensive fishing, plastic pollution , wild coastal urbanization , unsustainable tourism, accidental capture of non-fishing species, pollution by other toxic substances .
Plastic is an innovative material, completely artificial, born at the beginning of the last century . The success is due to some of its undeniable characteristics: lightness, transparency, resistance ... above all resistance !
In fact it is a non-biodegradable material (but photodegradable), it means that it never biodegrades! All the plastic created from the beginning still exists. And where all this plastic ends ? It is divided into smaller and smaller pieces, the micro and nano plastic , which become part of the food chain of all living beings, including us .
The larger pieces, due to poor waste management, often end up in the sea where they cause enormous damage to the fauna, accumulating in floating plastic islands or scattering on the seabed .
Suffice it to say that it is estimated that all seabirds have ingested plastic and more than half of the sea turtles have mistaken it for jellyfish and ingested. Not to mention the large marine mammals, like the numerous sperm whales found dead in 2019 on the Italian coasts with lots of kilograms of plastic inside .
And then there are the abandoned fishing nets , which trap live animals by killing them . Do you think that plastic was found even in the lowest point of the oceans (Marianne pit) and even in the living being smaller at the base of the food chain (phytoplankton) .
It has become a real problem for everyone marine ecosystems, and not only !
Climate change is a reinforcement of the natural greenhouse effect , caused by the human being through an increase in greenhouse gases other than water vapor , like CO2, (mainly from fossil fuels used as a source of energy, in air conditioning, and in transport) and methane (from intensive livestock breeding, deforestation, rice crops, etc.) .
By increasing these gases, the greenhouse effect increases disproportionately because the percentage of absorbed and re-emitted energy increases .
This causes an increase in average temperatures and another series of cascade effects , such as ocean acidification, melting glaciers and so on .
The sea and the oceans are among the ecosystems most affected by climate change, because they have a key role in the carbon cycle linked to that of water . More CO2 in the air also means more acid oceans, and this has devastating consequences for many organisms .
Among the most affected marine ecosystems we find coral reefs , which are tragically disappearing and which constitute the largest marine biodiversity reserve.
Reduction is the "winning strategy" in the long term. It's about designing packaging by reducing the quantity, starting from those components of the packages which are not intended to protect the product but to push its sale . Even the culture of buying loose products, or with a reduced presence of disposable packaging, goes in this direction .
Reuse as it is of the packaging, possible only when it has the right characteristics and at the same time the user has an adequate mental and cultural attitude . Examples of reuse are the glass jars of some spreadable creams that can be used as glasses or the white side of the photocopies that allows you to write again on paper .
Recycling , that is the use of the material of which the package is made to produce the same material to be used for new packages or objects . For example, the "fleece" fabric can be obtained from common PET bottles of mineral water .
Collection ("Raccolta" in Italian) of which the first actor is the citizen if supported by the local administrations that organize door-to-door services or with road containers or with ecological islands . The more the waste is cleaned the more it is recyclable but also using detergents and consuming water are attitudes to be reduced. Surely soon we will better understand the balance point .
Recovery to be understood as energy recovery. In fact, when the packaging cannot be reused and the material cannot be recycled , can be converted into thermal and/or electric energy in waste-to-energy plants, always as an alternative to the use of the landfill.