Plastic Pirates – The Sea Starts Here!

Plastic Pirates – The Sea Starts Here!

A citizen science campaign for young people

All waterways flow into the sea

School classes investigate plastic waste in German riversEverything that lands in streams and rivers can be washed into the seas and oceans – plastic waste for example. It endangers animals and finds its way into the marine food chain. We are therefore inviting "Plastic Pirates" to undertake a scientific expedition in May or June 2017. Just like real scientists they will explore the waterways to find, count and document macroplastics – such as the remains of plastic bags, discarded plastic bottles or tangled fishing lines – and microplastics, which are barely visible microparticles.

The presence of plastic waste in German waterways is largely unexplored. Our citizen science project "Plastic Pirates – The Sea Begins Here!" designed for young people between 10 and 16 is helping to close this gap in knowledge.

Travel to Germany for free and go on a bilingual environmental expedition

The research period is from the 1st of May until the 30th of June. The groups will document their results on a digital map of Germany. Attention UK schools! The costs of the first ten classes to plan a research trip to their partner school in Germany will be refunded. Find out now how to apply!

More information about the campaign

The collected data at a glance (in German)

The campaign

Find out how young people can become “Plastic Pirates” working like real scientists. This is how it works.

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The rules

There are a few rules you need to comply with if you want to take part. Learn more about them here.

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Download all the relevant information and working materials including leaflets and the learning materials and worksheets here.

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Editorial Office Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans
Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25, 13355 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 30 81 87 77-166
Fax: +49 30 81 87 77-125
Office hours: Mon to Fri 9 am to 1 pm and 2 to 6 pm (UTC+1)