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Sep. 15th, 2017: Kiel Coastal Cleanup Day 2017

11. September 2017

Students against marine pollution.

Organized by the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt (joint student laboratory of Kiel University and the IPN), Kiel students and their teachers take action against the pollution of the oceans. For the 5th time already, 20km of shoreline around Kiel will be cleared of cigarette butts, plastic bags, beverage containers, and packing material. Regional organizations and businesses assist the students.

More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide every year, and every year 12.7 million of it ends up in our oceans, estimates the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). The plastic finds its way into the seas by the fishing and maritime shipping industry, the offshore industry, by dumps and waste water, as well as rivers. For over 30 years the Organization for Ocean Conservancy organizes the International Coastal Cleanup Day on the third Saturday of September to draw attention to this problem. Volunteers gather on shores and beaches of oceans, streams, and lakes worldwide to collect trash. The waste gets sorted, counted, and classified using a standardized international system. In 2016 more than half a million volunteers cleaned up over 24,000 km of shoreline; in Kiel 800 volunteers collected 580 kg of trash on 17.5 km of coastline.

The event in Kiel is organized by the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt and the Cluster of Excellence “Future Ocean" as part of the 2016*17 Science Year of Ocean and Seas, a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD) initiative of the German scientific community.

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Picture 1: The collected trash gets sorted, counted, and classified using a standardized international system. The results are reported to the Ocean Conservancy. (Picture: Exzellenzcluster Ozean der Zukunft)



Picture 2: Kieler Forschungswerkstatt’s Dr. Katrin Knickmeier (l.) and Katrin Kruse weigh trash at the Falckensteiner Strand. (Picture: Exzellenzcluster Ozean der Zukunft)

The Kieler Forschungswerkstatt is the joint student laboratory of Kiel University and the IPN. It provides an out-of-school learning opportunity for science topics like marine science, energy, and environment to nanotechnology. Training and continued education for teachers, enrichment for the general student body as well as gifted students are the main goals of the laboratory. In the ozean:labor students will learn about the oceans and look into the current subjects of marine life research, particularly the impact of human activities on the marine ecosystem. The Kieler Forschungswerkstatt is supported by the Cluster of Excellence “Future Ocean”.

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