Spent the day paddling down the Don River and cleaning up with the UofT Trash Team for their second annual Clean Up the Don event! The Don River Watershed is the most urbanized watershed in Canada. A previous study conducted by the Trash Team showed the Don River is a source of approximately 650 kg of plastic to Lake Ontario each year and cleanups like this are important for stopping plastics from entering the lake. Stay tuned for blog posts and more from the event!
UofT Varsity Blues article
I had a great time tonight with Atlantic Healthy Oceans Initiative for their Plastic Oceans discussion panel! Missed the event? Check out the discussion here and the film on Netflix! #scicomm
Plastic waste is threatening many aquatic species in Ontario. Check out my latest feature in Ontario Nature Magazine!
Check out my latest interview with Hannah Rudd for Leading Women in Marine Science!
I was part of a team from the Rochman Lab interviewed by CTV about their investigation into the types of plastic present in the Don River from a new "boom" which collects debris before it reaches Lake Ontario in Keating Channel.
I was recently interviewed by the New York Times about the recent move by Starbucks to stop using disposable plastic straws by 2020. You can also listen to me discuss this and other recent progress in the fight against plastics pollution on The Eater Upsell podcast!
As Sam Athey, a plastics pollution researcher, explained to the The New York Times, “Plastic straws are pretty small and lightweight, so when they’re going through the mechanical sorter, they’re often lost or diverted.” (Mother Jones)
And according to plastics pollution researcher Sam Athey, “[It takes] about 200 years for polypropylene plastic straws to break down under normal environmental conditions” (Foodable Network)
“We’ve found plastic doing research cruises off the coast of Beaufort, N.C., south of Hope Spot Hatteras. It could be out there for decades to centuries, and how many fish and wildlife can it entangle?” says Sam Athey, a graduate marine science student at UNCW and director of POP chapters. The Wilmington chapter took the research findings to communities to let them know the problems and how they could help.
Check out my latest work on Hope Spot Hatteras featured in Coast OBX!
Check out my latest feature for Mission Blue!
'There is fewer and fewer places left in the world truly wild, untouched by man. Places where one can escape the human world and be completely submerged in living nature. Cape Hatteras is one of these places, however, the untouched area is shrinking...'
“It is eye opening,” Athey says. “Through my research I really began to understand my impact on the ocean. It is insane how much damage a single straw or single disposable fork will have on the ocean that you cannot even think of. You just have no idea!” Check out my latest interview with Brunswick County Magazine!