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Outreach Events in conjunction with Honours Thesis

Analysing Microplastic Pollution on Sandy Beaches in the Lower Mainland

Project Details

Project dates
Vancouver, BC

Helen Wong

Project Lead

Through digging, sorting and collecting samples on the beach, we explored the scientific method by conducting research and discussing what impacts plastics have in our ecosystems.

Project Description

“This honours thesis will fill in gaps of knowledge on microplastic pollution on sandy beaches in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. By organizing outreach events with students and other interested citizens, they will learn about how our everyday life is part of creating not only this abstract “”global plastic pollution problem”” but they will see first hand that microplastic pollution is everywhere, even at their local beach in the “”pristine waters of British Columbia””. They will actively be engaged in the data collection by meeting at the beach, being trained in the method, then sifting the sand and collecting tiny microplastic pieces. As they are actively participating in microplastic research at the beach, they will deeply engage with the subject of plastic pollution and be more aware on how our lifestyle effects every aspect of our environment, particularly plastic pollution in the ocean.”


This project has been created in commemoration of the lives of all the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, including two Ocean Bridge ambassadors, Danielle Moore and Micah Messent. We aspire to carry on their legacy and commitment to making the world a better place by creating long-lasting impacts with a firm commitment to driving positive change for the environment and our ocean. We will never forget the light that Danielle and Micah brought to the world and will continue to keep them in our hearts. To learn more about these two amazing people, please visit: Honouring Danielle and Micah  – Ocean Wise. This work is partially funded by the Commemoration Fund for Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Tragedy.

What was your biggest challenge?

Time management. Planning an event requires lots of balance with other schoolwork and personal life. I managed it by creating internal deadlines for myself and working on things as best I could

What was your most valuable takeaway?

Event planning. I got to plan an event myself and decide what my objectives are, what items I’ll need, what support will be helpful, and how the day itself would go. I was able to incorporate a lot of skills I’ve previously learned to this project and teach others about microplastics

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