TrashBlitz- your city’s plastic pollution snapshot
Posted by 5 Gyres Institute | California, United States
Plastic pollution has been found across all oceans. Based on our observations of the
current and future direction of the plastic pollution movement, a better understanding of
metropolitan sources of plastic waste are needed to inform science-based solutions. Despite plastic pollutions’ global scale, it is often managed and mitigated by municipalities/cities (For example, recycling) however, data is lacking at this level. Leveraging first-hand science to drive upstream solutions has been at the core of our organization. Therefore, the TrashBlitz project will serve as a replicable and scalable project for other regions and cities to adopt worldwide. We propose a city-wide citizen science project that takes a snapshot of a city’s plastic pollution footprint, sampling in four environmental areas (rivers, streets, beaches, and near-shore coastal ocean). Near-real time data and results is then made available through an online interactive map and a recommendations for solution report will be presented to the city.
Data is not much good if its closed data that nobody access
If you don’t believe me, ask Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the world wide web
“Data is locked up and we need access to it to solve huge problems. RAW. DATA. NOW. Practice this because it’s important. You should demand it”