The German Ministry of Education and Research is supporting the systematic investigation of plastic debris: from production, consumption and transport from land into the sea to its destination in the oceans around our planet. With the “Plastic in the environment” funding initiative, it has made a total of EUR 28 million available for research and development projects. In the course of the seas and oceans science year, the German Ministry would also like to increase public awareness of the issue – with such projects as the “Plastic Peter” film.
The debris that can be seen in the commercial was collected from the shores of the River Elbe by conservationists from Greenpeace and NABU before production of the film began. The film appeals to audiences to reduce the use of plastic in their day-to-day lives and to help to protect marine life as a result.
The film “Plastic Peter” can be seen at the cinema or on the science year website at www.wissenschaftsjahr.de/plastik with immediate effect. Important background information about marine contamination by plastic debris as well as helpful tips about how to deal with plastic debris properly in everyday life can be found there too.
Marine research is the focus in the 2016*17 science year. Oceans and seas cover 71 per cent of our planet. They are a climate engine, a source of food, an economic area – and they provide many plants and animals with a habitat to live in. Although scientists have been investigating the oceans for centuries, they remain mysterious and large proportions of them have not been explored yet. The 2016*17 science year – seas and oceans is concentrating on exploration, protection and sustainable use of marine waters. The science years are an ongoing project carried out by the German Ministry of Education and Research together with the organisation Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD). They are a key instrument in the communication of research science to the public. The 2016*17 science year is being supported by the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM) as its expert partner.