EarthEcho, founded by grandchildren of the famous explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau, has arrived in Melbourne to explore the impacts plastic pollution has on Port Philip Bay.
Drawn by Victoria’s international reputation for innovation in sustainable practices, EarthEcho has brought its annual expedition to the state to examine the consequences of development and human pollution on the coast.
Stephanie Ziersch, Sustainability Victoria Director of Communities and Climate Change said the organisation is excited to share learnings with EarthEcho and support its education program for young people.
“EarthEcho is an inspiring organisation dedicated to encouraging young people to act now for a sustainable future,” said Ms Ziersch.
EarthEcho Expeditions is an annual program that leverages the Cousteau legacy of exploration and discovery to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics education content alive for today’s learners and their educators.
Philippe Cousteau Jr. said that “EarthEcho Expeditions represent the culmination of more than a decade of working with educators and youth from around the world. EarthEcho Expeditions use the thrill of adventure to inspire a new generation of environmental champions.”
Each EarthEcho Expedition begins with a week-long exploration of a geographic area facing an environmental crisis, examining the impacts that humans have on communities and water resources across the globe.
From 2001–2009, Australia’s coasts saw a 14 per cent increase in population density, with the city of Melbourne predicted to experience the largest population increases in the coming years.
According to EarthEcho, continued growth and urban sprawl in coastal areas throughout Australia poses imminent threats to the offshore ecosystems but the population density of Melbourne makes it the perfect place to explore this issue.