Expedition Sail Against Plastic investigated the level of plastic pollution in the Arctic.
Svalbard is hundreds of kilometers from continental Europe. The population of this icy archipelago — only 2.5 thousand people. But even here the environmentalists are in abundance plastic.
Team Sail Against Plastic — a group of 15 chornoliska scientists, artists, filmmakers — recently returned from an expedition to the Arctic circle. The aim of the expedition was to assess plastic pollution in the territories, which are located 960 km from the North pole.
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But even here, they found that white cubs playing with plastic bags.
“I was lucky enough to be part of this unique expedition, says Claire Wallenstein, I was impressed by the wild Arctic nature, majestic glaciers and 24-hour polar day. But I was struck by how much plastic has accumulated on this remote and seemingly untouched land.”
“What we found on the beaches of Spitsbergen, is not too different from what we see at home in Europe, she says. — Yes, we found many fishing waste, but most are fragments of our everyday life: plastic bottles, cosmetic sticks, cigarette butts, wet wipes, packaging from food products”.
Team Sail Against Plastic came to the shores of the Norwegian archipelago by sailboat Blue Clipper. Scientists and volunteers spent 10 days exploring the ocean and the coastline of Spitsbergen.
Ecologists took samples of the air and coastal ocean waters for the presence of micro-plastics, and also catch large debris. Samples will be shipped to the UK, where it will determine the level microplasmaspark pollution in Arctic waters.
Plastic debris washed up on the shores of the archipelago over the Atlantic and Siberia. Local environmentalists argue that some of the stuff even coming out here from Florida. However, all this is destroying the Arctic ecosystem.
According to the researchers, 90% of dead seabirds on the archipelago in the stomach was discovered plastic.