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The scientific teams of the Race for Water Odyssey in Guam for new analyses on plastic pollution in oceans
Leaving Honolulu on June 30, the Race for Water Odyssey has since travelled with the purpose of going to Guam (Mariana Islands) for a new scientific stopover. The simultaneous presence of two typhoons in the area has forced the crew to change its itinerary. Despite the absence of the navigation team in Guam, the planned stopover in this archipelago can still be conducted under good conditions. The R4WO scientific team arrived on the island yesterday and will deploy the protocol as initially planned.
The R4WO crew was forced to go off-route over these last few days because of the formation of tropical cyclones Chan-Hom and Nangka in the North-Western Pacific. This is more specifically the Nangka typhoon (ranked category 5 on a scale of 1 to 5) which has forced the crew of the R4WO to bypass the Mariana Archipelago. However, these necessary safety measures did not undermine the continuation of the expedition.
Tomorrow the shore crew will carry out beach samplings on three selected beaches on the Guam Island. On site up to July 18, the teams will also meet local stakeholders from the scientific and associative communities during a round table discussion on plastic pollution organised at Guam University.
Next stops: Tokyo and Shanghai
During this stopover in the Mariana Islands, the MOD70 Race for Water trimaran will continue its route towards the next stops of the expedition: Tokyo first of all, then Shanghai. In the two Asian megacities, the aim of the R4WO will be to exchange and raise awareness among local actors on the problem of plastic pollution in oceans.
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About the Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO)
Initiated by the Race for Water foundation, the "Race for Water Odyssey" is a unique expedition that aims to draw up the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the ocean by visiting island beaches situated in the 5 trash vortexes. In less than 300 days, over 40,000 nautical miles will be traveled, punctuated by 11 scientific stopovers and 9 outreach stopovers, involving a total of 13 countries. The Race for Water Odyssey benefits from the support of ISAF, Duke University, Oregon State University, senseFly, Swisscom and Swissnex.
About the Race for Water Foundation
Founded in Lausanne in 2010, the "Race for Water" Foundation's mission is to preserve our planet's most valuable resource: water. The foundation is an officially recognized non-profit organization seeking to implement concrete and sustainable actions, focusing on two main themes: protecting oceans and freshwater. "Race for Water" initiates projects aimed at raising awareness and taking concrete action on the ground. These actions are directed at four target audiences: economic players, political bodies, the scientific community, and the general public—with particular emphasis on future generations. "Race for Water" collaborates with organizations such as UNESCO, UNEP, IUCN, WWF, and WBCSD.
10. I do not want to write this Encyclical without turning to that attractive and compelling figure, whose name I took as my guide and inspiration when I was elected Bishop of Rome. I believe that Saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically. He is the patron saint of all who study and work in the area of ecology, and he is also much loved by non-Christians. He was particularly concerned for God's creation and for the poor and outcast. He loved, and was deeply loved for his joy, his generous self-giving, his openheartedness. He was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.
"We both love nature and are proud to be a part of such a wonderful celebration of positive ideas."
- Gabriel and Dresden
"On this beautiful Earth Day 2015 let us take a grateful moment to be thankful to our beautiful mother earth, from which life is born and nurtured. Let us work harder and with more thought and compassion to take care of her and keep her safe and clean. Let us work to teach, inform, and kindly pass on ways in which we can conserve, preserve and care for the health of mother earth, which in turn is all our health, as well. Let us be more thoughtful that we are all one, unified here on our lovely mother earth, and that it is each and every one of our responsibilities to her and to one another to care for our amazing home! Let us strive to make each and every day a step in a more positive, healing and healthy direction for our spectacular home, the Earth, ourselves, and all that share our extraordinary home, Mother Earth! Happy Earth Day San Francisco! We love you Earth!"
- Love, peace and light, Forest Green
"For me, Earth Day is about raising awareness. There are so many great people and amazing movements working towards environmental/biological re-alignment and Earth Day is a time for those movements to grow and ideas to spread. It is a time to inform, ideate, and innovate."
- DJ Mike Teez
In Celebration of the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, we are happy to present the Earth Day SF Street Fest!
Located in the heart of the most culturally rich neighborhood in the city, "The Mission," Earth Day SF unites Artists, Activists and Amazing Entertainers all dedicated to promoting the protection and preservation of our Beloved Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants. This one-of-a-kind event promises to be a robust celebration of everything "Green, Fun and Sustainable."
Join us on Saturday, April 18th from 10 am to 7 pm as we take to the streets and celebrate Earth Day San Francisco style.
Join in the fun at Grove on the Road at Earth Day, where 22nd Street and Valencia Street meet!
Enjoy live, admission-free performances, interactive arts workshops for all ages, and celebrate Earth Day San Francisco and the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day
Rupa & the April Fishes
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Boca do Rio
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Drumming with BoomShake! Music
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Brazilian Dance with Tika Morgan
Instrument Exploration Station
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
22nd and Mission Street stage
10:00 AM Welcome to Earth Day SF 2015
DJ Mike Teez
11:55 AM Earth Day Message
12:00 PM People Power Band
12:45 PM Guest Speakers
Mona Lisa Wallace, Esq., Civil and Environmental Rights Activist
Valerie Ibarra, Radio Host and Producer of Women's Magazine
Pam Larry, Northern CA Director of Label GMO's
Monica Lopez, March Against Monsanto
Stacy Malkan, Co-Founder of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
1 PM Eco Fashion Show presented by Shirin Hashem
1:30 PM Guest Speaker
Smita Paul, Founder of Indigo Handloom
1:40 PM Janaka Selekta featuring live tabla player Amit U Sharma
2:30 PM DJ Jimmy Bell vs. Ka'Nete
3:20 PM NON PROFIT SPOTLIGHT:
Leila Salazar-Lopez, Executive Director of Amazon Watch
Jess Dervin-Ackerman, Conservation Program Manager of Sierra Club SF
Maureen Perron, Co-Founder of Save Our Planet
3:45 PM KEYNOTE SPEAKER: John C. Roulac, Founder and CEO of Nutiva
"The Solution Under Our Feet: How Regenerative Organic Agriculture Can Save the Planet"
Friends of the Urban Forest "Most Greenified Neighborhood" Award
4:00 PM Forest Green v. Mixtress Shazaam
5:00 PM Gabriel and Dresden
6:00 PM Cellspace Procession
DJ Mike Teez
Official Earth Day SF Pre and Post Events
Thanks for the support Rock the Earth, Bicycle Day, Opel Productions, Plur Alliance, Kandi Love, and CELLspace!
We'll be raffling off 2 VIP tickets to Bicycle Day and
2 General Admission tickets to Opel's event at Public Works at the Planet Dance stage
Thanks to our over 35 Fantastic Earth Friendly Exhibitors, Green Team, Media Partners, and all the love received across the Bay Area.
Last but not least, a very special thank you goes out to
Earth Day SF 2015 Sponsors --
UNITED ECO SKIES
ENERGY UPGRADE CALIFORNIA
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Earth Day SF is so grateful to have your support of this year's event and can't wait to celebrate with you!