Tara is currently preparing for the Paris Climate Conference in December (COP21) and continues to work for the reduction of plastic in the Mediterranean
Ocean and Climate
The highlight of 2015 will be Tara’s stay in Paris during the last three months of the year when the schooner will be working as the Ocean’s ambassador alongside the Ocean and Climate Platform. With the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and dozens of associations, scientific and academic institutions and local governments, this platform aims to bring more visibility to issues linking the Ocean and Climate — before and during the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015.
A first high point will take place on June 8 (World Ocean Day) during the international conference “Ocean and Climate” initiated by Tara and UNESCO, and aimed especially at young people: Scientists will make an appeal to politicians.
Also on the program for Tara: a feature-length documentary to be broadcast at prime time in November on the Ocean and Climate theme. The schooner will make stopovers in France during the spring and fall with a traveling exhibition. An Ocean-Climate Pavilion will be open to the general public in the heart of Paris on the dock next to Tara.
Ocean and Mankind
Another important part of our program this year is the follow-up to the 2014 Tara Mediterranean expedition focussed on plastic pollution at sea. “Somewhat like a laboratory, the Mediterranean basin seems to be the right scale for trying to determine the solutions to this global scourge documented by Tara since 2011,” says Roman Troublé, secretary general of Tara Expeditions. This is a pivotal time, between the development of widespread awareness and a willingness to enact solutions.
To mobilize the people of the Mediterranean region in a mutual effort to reduce the influx and impact of plastic waste in the marine environment, Surfrider Foundation Europe, the Mava Foundation, the Foundation Prince Albert II of Monaco and Tara Expeditions will organize a conference on March 10thand 11th “Plastics in the Mediterranean: Beyond the facts, what solutions?” Participants from nearly a dozen Mediterranean countries include those who produce waste, those who organize its treatment, people suffering the impacts of non-recycled waste, those working to establish an inventory of impacts, and those looking for technical and societal solutions.
In the meantime, Tara has been in a shipyard in Lorient undergoing maintenance since December 2014, and will be there until April 2015.
At Tara Base in Paris, a series of exhibitions, screenings and conferences is being finalized on the themes of Ocean and Climate, and also on Plastic. Save the date: On the evening of April 30th we will launch the Tara Mediterranean Blue Book,and look back on the expedition with the personalities, experts and key witnesses who participated in the stopovers and wrote the Blue Book.