The Cause and Effect crew is taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The four man team will row unsupported from La Gormera to Antigua.
The team will be conducting research into plastic pollution, as well as marine wildlife, on behalf of Whale and Dolphin Conservation. Rarely do scientists get the chance to move slowly through their environment of study. The information into plastic pollution and marine wildlife will be unique and valuable.
Plastic could be the cause of human extinction:
Eight million tonnes of plastic is dumped in the ocean annually. The plastic breaks down, is eaten by small fish and then begins to make its way back up the food chain into human consumption. There is a chemical in plastic called BPA. Currently, nearly everyone in the world has BPA in their bloodstream.
So many people are affected, it’s hard to know what problems BPA will cause because there is so few unaffected people to compare test results against. But what we do know is it replicates estrogen. Sperm counts are plummeting worldwide, and have as much as halved in the last forty years in some western countries. Experts have speculated the cause is BPA.
More information about the extent of the problem is needed; hence Cause and Effect’s research is so vital. But it still needs funding.