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Seabin Foundation Presents at UNAA NSW Sustainable Development Event

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Written by Sophia Tzavalas

Seabin Foundation was invited to speak at two inspiring events recently. This year, the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) NSW Sustainable Development Pillar team put together a thought-provoking and action-inspiring event series on Australia and Climate Change. On September 28th, our very own Karli Mylius and Tahlia Devine, two Heads of Lab Science at Seabin Foundation, spoke about their work about marine plastics monitoring during Event 2 of a trilogy series. 

The UNNA series was composed of the following three events focusing on sustainability and eliminating litter and microplastics from our oceans:

Event 1 2023 IPCC Report 2023: The Physical Science of Climate Change: Perspective and Adaptations

Event 2 Connecting for Adaptations: Australia’s Climate Initiatives 

Event 3 Our Climate, Our Future: Australia’s Mitigation and Decarbonization 

The support of stakeholders, meaningful education, and community engagement were the key focal points centered around the goal of healing our marine environments. The UNAA outlined the relationship between plastics in our oceans and the resulting change in global climate. Karli and Tahlia explained how the production and disposal of single-use plastics can damage marine ecosystems and biodiversity through the emission of greenhouse gases. They also spoke about the change in beach sands temperatures due to microplastics’ increased presence (resulting in warmer sand at night due to the heat being trapped in plastics), which affect turtle hatchlings gender ratios. 

They went on to outline the goal of responsible production and consumption for the betterment of our global marine health. Plastic pollution makes it difficult for these ecosystems to thrive which comes as a result of consumerist behaviour. Plastics last forever, spread toxins, and cause harm to organisms from all trophic levels. Seabin is working to address these issues through the prevention of marine pollution in harbours through data monitoring and target-based stakeholders’ engagement. Awareness of such data from the general public allows a more widespread understanding of these serious issues and the implementation of solutions.

Already, changing weather patterns have provided a grim look into the effects of civilizations ocean pollution on our planet. The UNAA series concluded with a focus on such patterns and how they can impact the transportation of pollution into our oceans. If nothing is done, the health of our marine ecosystems is in serious jeopardy. Seabin Foundation’s scientists spoke alongside Barbara Albert, Dr. Roger Atwater, who are all working hard to create lasting solutions and also offered their knowledge, advocacy, and insight during their panels at the UNAA hosted event. 

In addition to the above event, Seabin Foundation CEO Dr Mahi Paquette presented virtually, at the Barcelona event ‘Fixing the Future Festival’, celebrating innovative, creative, and world-changing ideas for a better tomorrow. The presentation highlighted the Seabin Foundation’s vision to expand beyond the implementation of Seabin technology itself, working towards getting to the root of ocean pollution to create systematic change. A panel was then gathered to discuss the future of pollution. Mahi is committed to contributing to a healthy planet, and our oceans as she hopes to bridge the gap between science, technology, sustainability, systemic change and community engagement.

How to get involved

There are over 1000 Seabins around the world, all contributing to the global Pollution index, so contact us here to find out where the closest Seabin location to you may be and how you can get involved on our mission for cleaner oceans.

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