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Exhibition shows impact of pollution on oceans

Jan 07 2019 18:32
Carin Smith

The Geneva-based non-profit organisation Fondation Pacifique is showcasing the environmental research done on the ocean over the past few years at an exhibition at the V&A Waterfront.

Entitled "Our Spice Islands", the exhibition is in the Luggage Hall on Jetty 2.

The research was done by using the 33-metre long Swiss sailboat Fleur de Passion. The sailboat forms the logistical platform for a 4-year long journey - which started in 2015.

The global journey combines science, education and culture and traces the historic route followed 500 years ago by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

Fleur de Passion, a former World War II German Navy minesweeper, was turned into a sailboat in the 1970s. It is currently docked in the Waterfront for a few weeks before it sets sail towards Europe.

According to Fondation Pacifique the aim of the epic journey is to focus the attention on the steadily dwindling resources in the world and to rethink the relationship with the ocean in order to make it sustainable.

The aim of the project is to bring greater understanding of humanity's impact on the oceans and to raise awareness of related sustainable development issues.

Research done via Fleur de Passion include programmes on noise and micro-plastic pollution of the oceans, observing coral bleaching due to global warming and monitoring greenhouse gases on the surface of the oceans.

The exhibition will be on until 24 January and guided tours of the sailboat are also available.

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