Full speed ahead for the Circular Explorer!20. August 2023 2023-08-20 20:14
Full speed ahead for the Circular Explorer!
Significant progress in the fight against plastic pollution in the Philippines! Since June, the Circular Explorer has been effectively tackling and making headway in Manila Bay. As an ambassador, laboratory, and waste collection vessel, the Circular Explorer, along with its crew and all supporters, is working diligently not only to clean up but also to find sustainable solutions. Through partnerships between authorities, corporations, educational institutions, and NGOs, we are witnessing true changes.
With the Philippine Coast Guard by our side and UP MSI on board, we are collecting samples, measuring water quality, and evaluating scientific approaches. Thanks to ASSIST and Holcim, educational materials are now available for schools to raise awareness. These materials will be integrated into school curricula to drive long-term change.
With over 3 million square meters of cleaned area, 17,000 kg of marine litter removed, and 243 nautical miles covered, we have gathered valuable data and cleared protected natural areas. We are turning obstacles into opportunities, as seen in land reclamation projects that enable collaborations.
Gratitude to Holcim for their dedicated support and to Philippine Trasmarine Carriers (PTC) for their professional assistance. A huge thank you to our team that is making the world a better place! Together, we are sending a strong message against marine pollution.