Environmental Speaker Series – Microplastics: What We Know and What We Don’t Know

On November 5 at 6:30pm, Greenways Land Trust and the Museum at Campbell River are partnering to bring you this talk from the UVic Speakers Bureau.  Garth Covernton will be speaking on the topic of microplastics.

Microplastics are tiny synthetic particles that have been found to contaminate every corner of the planet – from polar icecaps to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, from lakes and rivers, to the air we breathe. Microplastics are a complex suite of contaminants that come in many shapes, sizes, colours, and chemical compositions, and which can also act as sponges for other pollutants in the environment. The effects of current levels of microplastics on animals in the wild remain uncertain, yet scientists have shown negative impacts on animals which ingest high concentrations. The scientific community is currently working to explore the sources, extent, dynamics, and impacts of microplastics on marine animals and ecosystems. In this presentation, PhD student and microplastics researcher Garth Covernton will explore what we know about how microplastics get into the environment, where they go from there, the effects that they might be having on wildlife, and what we can do to mitigate these impacts.

The talk will be presented via Zoom meetings and there will be the opportunity to ask the speaker questions.

The cost of this talk is $7.  All revenue will go directly to supporting the Museum and our partners Greenways Land Trust.  Click here to purchase tickets.

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