Wissenschaft zum Mitforschen: jugendliche Plastikpiraten untersuchen die Müllverschmutzung europäischer Fließgewässer
Mederake, Linda; Dittmann, Sinja; Kiessling, Tim (2021): Wissenschaft zum Mitforschen: jugendliche Plastikpiraten untersuchen die Müllverschmutzung europäischer Fließgewässer. In: Korrespondenz Wasserwirtschaft 3/21:135-137.
How much and what kind of waste is found on European riverbanks? Are microplastics floating in our river towards the open sea? What measures could reduce the presence of single-use plastic items in the environment? These are just some of the questions that young people are exploring together with scientists in the citizen science project "Plastic Pirates - Go Europe!". The aim of the project is a wide-ranging, scientific survey of litter pollution along European watercourses and the identification of potential litter hotspots. The Plastic Pirates were launched in Germany in 2016 with the slogan "The sea starts here!" as part of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research's Year of Science "Seas and Oceans." Since then, the project has been coordinated in Germany by Kiel Science Factory (the school laboratory of Kiel University (CAU) and the Leibniz-Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN)), now in collaboration with Ecologic Institute. The project was given its European dimension in the summer of 2020 as part of the EU Trio Council Presidency of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia - with the clear goal of attracting other countries to participate.