Environmental voyager gets students onboard

22 Jun 2011 0 Share

Tim is ready to set sail June 26, follow his journey via 'Ship to Shore'.

Tim is ready to set sail June 26, follow his journey via 'Ship to Shore'.

Environmental News
June 22, 2011

Environmentalist encourages student participation as he sets sail to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to research and document plastic pollution.

On June 26, 2011, Central Coast environmentalist Tim Silverwood will embark on a voyage sailing across the Pacific Ocean from Honolulu to Vancouver to undertake important research into plastic pollution in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Reportedly twice the size of the France and growing exponentially, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has been compared to a 'monstrous plastic soup' and is threatening to become one of the great ecological disasters of our time. It's here where ocean currents from Asia and North America converge, bringing together tonnes of plastic debris into a swirling vortex.

Tim has spent three months raising awareness and funds for the expedition, in which he will be conducting leading scientific studies into plastic pollution alongside researchers from around the world. The research voyage is organised by Algalita Marine Research Foundation, a California-based organisation founded by Charles Moore, the man credited with discovering the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997.

With his colleagues from 'Take 3', Tim is encouraging Australian schools to become involved in the issue of marine debris by following the interactive blog developed by Algalita titled, 'Ship 2 Shore'. Once registered with the free program, primary and high school students: have access to a wealth of information about marine debris; can post questions online for the team to answer; and receive updates from the vessel as it studies the Garbage Patch.

In 2009 Tim, along with a fellow Central Coast surfer Mandy Marechal and Marine Ecologist Roberta Dixon-Valk, co-founded the non-profit organisation 'Take 3 – A Clean Beach Initiative'. In March 2011, 'Take 3' was awarded the inaugural Taronga Conservation Society Green Grant and a $50K purse to help develop the organisation.

"The Ship 2 Shore program has been developed to enable students from all around the world to get together and learn more about marine debris. There are opportunities for students to ask questions, meet the crew, learn about the research being conducted, undertake their own research and develop their own solution to plastic pollution in their area" Tim said.

"Not many people have visited the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for research so this program is a very unique chance for students to receive real time 'news', photos and findings straight from the 'oceans mouth', so to speak".

Through an online campaign, private sponsorship and six awareness events where he screened the award winning documentary, 'Bag It', Tim has successfully fundraised $18K towards the voyage and the documentary/ awareness films he aims to create on his return.

To schedule an interview please contact Tim Silverwood directly: Phone: 0420 668 114
Email: tim_silverwood@hotmail.com
or see the Agalita website.

Tags: environment , boat , sailing , Great , Pacific , Garbage , Patch , Take , 3 , North (create Alert from these tags)

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