Plastic debris has been estimated to cause more than US$13 billion in economic damage to marine ecosystems each year and is now widely recognised as a global threat to marine ecosystems.
Plastic litter can leach a variety of substances into marine and freshwater environments; however little is known regarding how this affects the photosynthetic phytoplankton at the base of the aquatic food webs
Phytoplankton get their energy from photosynthesis. Algae and photosynthetic forms of bacteria are the more common types of phytoplankton (Zooplankton are the animal form of plankton)
Phytoplankton are the autotrophic components of the plankton community and a key part of oceans, seas and freshwater basin ecosystems. Prochlorococcus bacterias belong to the photosynthetic picoplankton and are probably the most abundant photosynthetic organism on Earth.
With out phytoplankton carbon can’t be stored and it produces carbonic acid, which causes the ocean’s PH to drop (ocean acidification). If this continues to 7.9 there will be an oceanic cascade (mass die off of sea life on all levels)
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Plastic leaching comes from products we all use daily. Some of the most toxic are actually cleaning products that we use in our homes and personal care products such as cosmetics and sun screen.
Tourism, especially beach resorts near coral reefs have to be aware of the damage that can be inflicted on the environment by personal care products used by the guests. Corals are especially sensitive, but it applies to any coastal ecosystem.
The coastal and Ocean ecosystem are also suffering, we have lost more than 50% of all phytoplankton, these are the plants that give us more than 70% of our oxygen and remove carbon dioxide, yet we are killing them at a rate of 1% year on year.
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£50 is what Camilla’s awesome featured artwork will cost you but above all what will be given to her chosen charity – Thames21.
Here is what Camilla has to say about it all –
“Phytoplankton die off isn’t in the spotlight and is happening at an alarming rate.
With out phytoplankton carbon can’t be stored and it produces carbonic acid, which causes the ocean’s PH to drop (ocean acidification)If this continues to 7.9 there will be an oceanic cascade (mass die off of sea life.on all levels)
There is about ten years left to stop this.”
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More about Camilla’s Tiny Water Plant series
Consistent with her mission to use found and donated materials she has worked with plastic, foil and paper which continue to be overused and under recycled. She wishes to draw attention to Phytoplankton, tiny water plants, which are at the start of the food chain and also vital in producing oxygen and storing carbon.
Her use of plastic in the work is a reminder of how we must all take responsibility and make conscious choices in what we consume.
Plastics are hugely damaging for water systems and chemicals can leach onto their surfaces, then when these plastics are ingested by organisms like phytoplankton they begin to work their way up the food chain causing damage as they go.
Brendon learned of Thames21 whilst researching water conservation groups in London for her project, called Coast. She took part in their course called ‘Leading Action for Healthy Waterways.’ Since then they have helped her with planning and facilitating art and environmental educational workshops.
To say thank you Brendon is donating 10% of sales from Tiny Water Plants to Thames21, to help them continue their vital work at a time when experiencing green and blue city spaces is so vital to daily life.