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THE MICROPLASTIC COMMUNITY SCIENCE TOOLKIT

The resources, tools and technology you need to protect the planet from microplastic pollution

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Our tools. YOUR power to make a difference. Together, WE create change.   

 
 
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WE ALL HAVE THE POWER TO PROTECT OUR PLANET FROM MICROPLASTIC POLLUTION

Become a Community Scientist!

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WHO ARE COMMUNITY SCIENTISTS?

Community scientists are schools, community members, beach cleanup groups, paddle clubs, families and ocean enthusiasts who are passionate about protecting our planet from microplastic pollution.  

Using science and high technology developed by Ocean Diagnostics, Community Scientists collect and analyze the microplastics polluting their beaches, then use this information to influence local, national and global change!  

 
 

WHAT'S THE TOOLKIT?

The science and high technology you need to make a real difference.

DIGITAL RESOURCES

  • educational resource about microplastic pollution and community science 

  • sandy beach microplastic sampling protocol 

  • data Interpretation Guide to identify the types of microplastics to better understand your community's litter sources and how to address solutions. 

  • communication and advocacy tools 

TECHNOLOGY & TOOLS

  • 2 sieves (for the beach sampling) 

  • 1 Saturna Imaging System:the first-of-its-kind technology that uses machine-learning to count and characterize the physical properties of visible microplastics from sandy beach samples 

  • Access to the Mariana global microplastics data portal: the largest and most collaborative open-source database to upload, analyze and map your findings

Used together, Saturna and Mariana empower Community Scientists to fill global microplastic data gaps and contribute to meaningful solutions to stop plastic pollution at the source.

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HOW IT WORKS

1. ORDER YOUR TOOLKIT

2. LEARN ABOUT MICROPLASTICS AND STEM

3. COLLECT MICROPLASTICS FROM YOUR LOCAL SANDY BEACH

Receive all the resources, tools and technology you need to run a community science microplastic project or monitoring program on your local sandy beach. The kit includes everything you need for the other steps!

Read the included interactive educational resource or use the training guide to teach about microplastics and the importance of scientific data to create change.

Follow the included scientific sampling protocol to collect microplastics from your local sandy beaches at any time the weather permits.

4. IMAGE, UPLOAD AND ANALYZE YOUR DATA USING THE SATURNA IMAGING SYSTEM AND MARIANA DATA PORTAL

5. IDENTIFY THE SOURCES OF MICROPLASTICS IN YOUR COMMUNITY

6. ENGAGE YOUR COMMUNITY AND DECISION MAKERS

Operate the included Saturna Imaging System and Mariana Data Portal to image, count and characterize your microplastics while contributing to our global database.

Apply the included Data Interpretation Guide to identify the types of microplastics to better understand your community's litter sources and how to address solutions.

Use the supplied communication and advocacy tools to educate and engage your community and policy makers about the data and influence change in your community.

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TOOLKIT USES

MEASURE AND CONTRIBUTE MICROPLASTICS TO A GLOBAL DATABASE

MONITOR MICROPLASTICS IN YOUR COMMUNITY TO INFORM LOCAL RESEARCH AND SOLUTIONS

TEST FOR MICROPLASTICS AT YOUR FAVOURITE BEACHES AND LEARN ABOUT SOLUTIONS

EDUCATE AND EMPOWER YOURSELF AND OTHERS

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WHY COMMUNITY SCIENCE?

Microplastics have been found in all of Earth’s environments, our food, water, air and even our bodies. Cleaning up plastic pollution is important, but we must preent it from entering the environment in the first place.

To do so, decision makers need information called data. Global scientists work tirelessly to collect this data, but there are not enough of them to capture local data. Community Scientists help to fill these data gaps. 

Using the Microplastics Community Science Toolkit, you can collect the data needed to identify and address solutions in your community while filling global data gaps for scientists and decision makers.

 

MORE WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

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SPONSOR A PROJECT

Help an underfunded school or non-profit to access a Toolkit and contribute to education while helping to collect important data about microplastic pollution

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BECOME A COMMUNITY SCIENCE AMBASSADOR

Help to educate and inspire your community or school to learn about and tackle microplastic pollution.

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STAY INFORMED

Access articles, templates, stories and announcements about community scientists and their impacts

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Liam is a __ student in Victoria, BC who engages his school and the community in microplastic pollution.

Liam Pope-Lau, Community Science Ambassador

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Join other community scientists tackling microplastic pollution at the source!

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