Every piece of plastic ever made, still exists somewhere.........
To fund my place onboard research vessel Sea-Dragon, sailing from Brazil to Guyana to help combat plastic pollution in our oceans.
About the project
Hello Friends, I feel it is time to enlighten you as to the nature of my up-coming adventures....
Plastic pollution is one of the greatest unseen threats to our maritime environment, every year millions of tonnes of plastic rubbish finds it's way down rivers and streams into the sea. Much of it is broken down by waves and sunlight into micro-plastics, which spread out across the planet. Eventually these micro-plastic particles are pushed around by wind and weather into ocean gyres, many people have heard of the north pacific ocean-gyre, but in fact there are five.
Studies of these gyres “have shown concentration of plastic to plankton at a ratio of 6:1” (Capt. Charles Moore) The issue then becomes that these micro-plastics begin to act as a sponge for toxins, which slowly work their way up the food chain, into our food, bodies and eco-systems. Plastic pollution in the sea is an obstacle that we collectively need to tackle and overcome, in order to maintain the lifestyles that we currently exercise. Without healthy oceans there are neither healthy fish nor healthy people. Something has got to change.
"We are part of a greater system – not above, beyond and outside it. If the ocean flounders, so will we. It’s environmental preservation, but self-preservation too."
Laura Coleman, Director of Onca
My role, as an artist in this mission, will be to aid in the communication of the data collected to a wider audience. The challenge here is to “Make the Unseen ~ Seen”, in other words to educate and enlighten people as to the effects of our global actions and ways to initiate change… We will be carrying out research and community projects through out our voyage, for example conducting under-water beach clean-ups and carrying out hair sampling in order to test mercury levels in Guyana.
For each of you who donates the princely sum of £150 or more....
I will pop in the post one of these limited edition world map etchings, detailing the 5 ocean gyres. Prints are 55 x 77 cm on Somerset Satin paper, est delivery date Oct 31st 2015
" Ocean Gyres ", Zince plate etching on Somerset Sation 55 X77 cm, ©Stella Marina ~ 2015
A bit about me.....
My name is Stella Marina and I am an artist, mariner and ocean lover.
I currently live in Cornwall in the UK, a place known for its outstanding natural beauty. With its ragged coastline and Atlantic swell, many of us here derive our livelyhood from the water. But our livelyhood is at risk, with more and more plastic waste every year finding its way down rivers and streams into the sea, into the bellies of fish and up through the foodchain. Something has got to change.
In December of this year I will be setting sail aboard research vessel Sea-Dragon, sailing from Brazil to Guyana, across the mouth of the Amazon river, in a bid to monitor the levels of marine debris on the edge of the North-Atlantic Gyre. We will also be researching the toxic effects of these micro-plastics on our health and discuss positive, creative, ways of navigating around the problem. We will be sailing under the company Pangea Exploration and the research team is entitled EXXpedition, an all-women team of scientists, sailors and creatives, seeking to research and communicate the impact of toxic chemicals on both our bodies and eco-systems. However in-order to secure my place on the ship I need to raise around £3,000 towards the research equipment, food and maintenance on the boat.
Which is where I ask for your help. We are trying, through this project to communicate our research not just to other scientists, but to everybody. To people that can make a difference and to people who are going to be affected by the actions of our generation in years to come.
This is possible. Through creativity and communication we can initiate change.....