See Bin, Sea Change to combat marine plastic pollution

The University of Portsmouth is hosting a special event to raise awareness of marine plastic pollution on Friday 1 December.

Plastic pollution is a major issue that faces our oceans.

Plastic pollution is a major issue that faces our oceans.

See Bin, Sea Change is a free event, open to the public, to raise awareness of the ongoing plastic pollution issue that faces our oceans, as well celebrating the recent introduction of the UK’s first Sea Bin in Portsmouth Harbour.

From 5.00 to 8.30pm in the University’s Eldon Building, there will be talks by world-leading experts from the Univeristy of Portsmouth, the National Oceanographic Centre in Southampton and Professor Richard Thompson, from Plymouth University followed by a Q&A.

There will be giveaways, supplied by the attendees, a questionnaire about plastic consumption, a world research wall, and a pledge wall for the public to express how they are reducing their plastic consumption. Matt Smith from the University’s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries will be working with local schools to create puppets from recycled plastic.

Portsmouth researchers will also be discussing their new project to design a floating bin to collect marine plastic pollution from the sea around Portsmouth in a bid to help fight the increasing tide of plastic washing up on our shores and destroying the marine environment. The pilot study marks the start of what they hope will be many bins installed around local harbours to help remove marine litter.

There will be free festive refreshments available.

To find out more about the event, go to the See Bin, Sea Change Facebook page @SeeBinSeaChangePortsmouth or Twitter @SeeBinSeaChange

For any enquiries about the event, or the See Bin, Sea Change project, please email environment@port.ac.uk for more information.

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