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Race for Water Seeking to raise the Dominican awareness of the harm human plastic wastes cause to the oceans

Seeking to raise the Dominican awareness of the harm human plastic wastes cause to the oceans, the Race for Water solar catamaran science boat docked in Santo Domingo for a three-week visit. Race for Water is organizing talks about how plastic waste can be transformed into an energy resource. The ship visit is coordinated by the Embassy of Switzerland in the Dominican Republic and the Dominican-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Tourism (CCTDS) with the collaboration of the Dominican Armada and the Dominican Port Authority.

Marco Siméoni, founding president of the R4W, stresses that their goal is to reduce the use and toxic effects of plastic on land and surrounding waters. He highlights that about 80% of marine debris consists of plastic, the equivalent of a truck full of plastic is loaded into the ocean every minute.

The visiting vessel uses only clean and renewable solar energy at all times for propulsion and life on-board. The vessel seeks to spread the message that while plastic is a global problem, the solutions need to be local.

As reported in Diario Libre, Simeoni said that the DR was chosen as a stop because of the great amount of plastic contamination that is apparent on streets, beaches and because they feel their solution proposals are very applicable for the island. They are proposing a technological solution of a French company that transforms plastic waste into a synthetic gas with which electricity can be produced.

Prior to docking in Santo Domingo, the Race for Water boat had been to Bermuda and Cuba.

Source: DR1, Diariolibre

Aug 29, 2017

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