Phytoplankton populations

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

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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.”

Camilla

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More about Camilla’s Tiny Water Plant series

Tiny Water Plant series by Camilla BrendonA series of bright collages inspired by phytoplankton created by Camilla Brendon, using waste packaging from products consumed around the home, during isolation.

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.

Tiny Water Plant series by Camilla Brendon

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.

FURTHER READING

> Plastic leachates impair growth and oxygen production in Prochlorococcus, the ocean’s most abundant photosynthetic bacteria

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