Posted by: Katie Transue
I would like to express my profound gratitude for your commitment to our mission and vision. Our success is built upon caring individuals like you who trust our ability to positively impact communities worldwide and inspire people to eradicate marine plastic pollution. Let’s look back and celebrate our key accomplishments in 2012!
Asia Exploration Expedition
Our Asia Exploration Expedition enabled scientists, members of the media, students, educators, and others to witness firsthand the results of the cataclysmic disaster of the Japan tsunami of March 2011. The 3800 nautical mile voyage provided a unique opportunity to conduct experiments in oceanography and plastic debris generation and movement. Data will be entered into our new Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping program to understand better the impact on the overall ocean environment, the food chain, and, ultimately, human health.
POPS Speaker Training
Algalita conducted another highly successful Youth Leadership Training. Twenty-two students improved their public speaking and presentation skills related to plastic marine debris. These students have been challenged to give three presentations within the 2012-13 school year and report their results to us via our website.
2012 POPS Video >>
Inspiring student panelist Ann Garth >>
Algalita Youth In Action Timeline >>
2013 and Beyond
Several critical research projects are in the works for 2013. The first project is to better understand the spatial and temporal aspects of plastic debris in the environment. We will work with Esri, a world leader in global mapping, to add greater functionality and data sorting to our Global Information System. Secondly, we will complete sample analysis from the tsunami voyages, providing invaluable insight into the impact of one devastating event on the marine ecosystem.
Two new educational programs will reach students and teachers in 2013. First, Algalita’s Environmental Education Kit will provide local teachers with new tools designed to give students a greater appreciation of the marine environment, how plastic pollution effects marine life, and the impact on the ocean by the actions of individuals. We will provide the kit to 125 middle schools and high schools throughout Southern California, impacting approximately 15,000 students. Second, the hands-on Science in a Suitcase education resource will supplement classroom science curricula, answering the age-old question, “what does science have to do with me?” This educational tool conforms to California Department of Education Science Standards. 32 schools throughout Southern California and nearly 3,500 students will be reached in 2013.
Call to Action
The issue of plastic marine pollution is critical. Time is of the essence. We have set an ambitious 2013 fundraising goal of $250,000. Our groundbreaking research and science-based education will make a positive impact on the health of our planet for generations to come. We invite you to join us in making a difference by contributing $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford by visit our donation page to make a tax deductible contribution. Your gift is deeply appreciated … thank you very much.