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Weʼre raising £350 to support the Aldabra Clean Up Project. We will be running the Oxford half marathon this October and would be grateful for any support!

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The Problem

Described by David Attenborough in 1995 as 'one of the world's greatest surviving natural treasures', Aldabra Atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is under threat from increasing marine plastic pollution. Aldabra has a rich and diverse ecosystem that includes the last remaining giant tortoise population in the Indian Ocean (and the largest in the world), pristine marine ecosystems and large colonies of seabirds, all of whom are at great risk from the tonnes of ocean trash that wash onto the atoll's shores every year.

The tortoises are now eating flip-flops; the birds and endangered marine turtles are suffering from entanglement and ingesting the plastic. It is not too late to protect Aldabra, to retain it as a beacon for future generations and to use this project to explain and promote the urgent need for people across the world to demand change in the use of plastics.

The Project

Uninhabited as the atoll is, those of us who have been lucky enough to spend some time there must bring its plight to public attention and ask people to help create a solution for the future.

We will charter a cargo vessel to Aldabra in March 2019 and stay for between three and five weeks, gathering as much plastic and marine debris as possible– from flip-flops to toothbrushes, fishing nets to water bottles – all to be taken back to Mahé, Seychelles' largest island, for proper processing. Whilst undertaking the clean-up, we will endeavour to analyse the waste to identify where the plastic has come from and quantify just how much this place is impacted by humanity. We will keep a blog to regularly share our findings on our Twitter and Instagram pages, culminating in an academic report. Both in the lead up to and following the March expedition, we will reach out to primary and secondary schools to engage and inspire young people to learn about Aldabra, minimise their use of plastic and support this project.

We will hold a variety of events across Oxford, both within the University and the city, to spread the word amongst different communities, and, with the help of our social media reach, encourage all to take action and cut down on their use of plastic.

Who are we?

Six young conservationists from the UK, France and Belgium: four from The Queen’s College and one from each of Jesus College and Merton College, at the University of Oxford. We are graduate students in biological and materials sciences. April Burt is our Project Lead: prior coming to Oxford, she managed the research team on Aldabra and specialises in marine and terrestrial habitat monitoring and conservation.

Six young Seychellois conservationists from the main island will complete the team on Aldabra.

The Seychelles Island Foundation (SIF) , a non-profit charitable organization that manages and protects Seychelles' two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Aldabra Atoll (Aldabra) and the Vallée de Mai. Trustees include Sir Tim Smit, founder of The Eden Project and Dr Lindsay Turnbull, Biological Sciences Fellow at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. SIF maintains a small research team on Aldabra, the only people who live (temporarily) on the atoll.

Media Partners and Corporate Sponsors will share our story, the catastrophic effects of plastic pollution and the immediate and effective action individuals can take to reduce the amount of single use plastic used in the UK and globally.

Schools, community groups and individual supporters will be able to follow our activities and communicate with us on Aldabra as well as taking personal, individual pledges and actions that we will share through our social media channels and media partners.

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    • Rhoda


      Sep 9, 2018

      I owe Ian a pint 🍺 I’m sure he wont mind if I do this instead


    • Lindsay Turnbull

      Lindsay Turnbull

      Sep 6, 2018

      Fantastic effort! Good luck to you both!


    • Henry Cosh

      Henry Cosh

      Sep 3, 2018

      Go team!


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