Until March 22, visitors of the Natural History Museum in Rijeka in an interesting way can explore what our seas look like below the surface, what is hidden in them and what impact man has on the marine ecosystem. The exhibition “Plasticamente”, set by the Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sunce, brings interactive exhibits made of plastic, and the main goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of excessive consumption of single use plastic, as well as the ever-increasing need for adequate separation and disposing of plastic waste.
Association Sunce educators in the Rijeka’s Museum of Natural History also organized workshops for primary school students, which through a dynamic and inspiring educational program aims to sensitize the youngest to the issue of marine pollution.
It is estimated that about 80% of marine litter comes from land-based sources and land-based activities, while about 20% of marine litter comes as a result of (irresponsible) maritime traffic and fisheries. According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), only 15% of marine litter floats on the sea surface; an additional 15% remains in the water column and 70% is on the seabed.
Microplastics are also a growing danger to marine and terrestrial ecosystems, as well as to human health.
The exhibition is set up as part of the ML-Repair project, whose general goal is to prevent and reduce waste input and dispersion in the Adriatic Sea.
The project holder is CA ’Foscari Faculty, University of Venice, and the partners are the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), M.A.R.E. and LIMOSA from Italy and the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Public Institution RERA S.D. for Coordination and Development of the Split-Dalmatia County and the Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sunce.