MICROPLASTICS CITIZEN SCIENCE
EMPOWERING GLOBAL CITIZENS
Citizen participation in science is important. YOU can help to collect greater amounts of scientific data that can be used to influence decision makers to protect our oceans, food systems and human health from plastic pollution.
YOU HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
CITIZEN SCIENCE PILOT PROJECT
Ocean Diagnostics had partnered with Environment and Climate Change Canada to pilot a microplastics citizen science project in the Victoria and Saanich communities of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada from April to September 2021. The project will evaluate new microlastics technologies while engaging citizens as scientists.
Throughout the summer of 2021, local volunteers of immediate household groups will gather microplastics samples from a designated local beach using these new technologies and protocols. Surface water and beaches along shorelines surrounding stormwater and wastewater discharge sites will be tested. The samples will then be sent to the Ocean Diagnostics’ lab for analysis. The findings will be used in a national campaign to educate and engage Canadians on the issue of microplastics.
Public involvement is important to drive scientific progress and contribute to important insights that drive change.