Tara returns, November 23, 2019

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The 2019 Microplastics Mission will end on Saturday, November 23, during the European Week for Waste Reduction, with the return of the schooner Tara to Lorient, her home port..

This 6-month mission began on May 27 and brought together more than 40 scientists and 10 laboratories. Thousands of samples of plastic particles were collected from estuaries and further upstream on 9 major European rivers. These plastic samples are clues and provide evidence that will enable us to: trace the origin of plastic dispersion found at sea; identify the dispersion centers (according to the size and chemical nature of the various plastic fragments); and target the strongest concentrations — in order to take action at the source. Our investigation into the origins of plastic pollution will help to understand the dispersion and impacts of plastic in the marine environment.

Rendez-vous the weekend of November 23-24 at Lorient’s Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly to celebrate the return of the sailors and scientists!

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The program for November 23 and 24

Saturday, November 23

- 14 – 19 H: activities and exhibitions at the Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly :

• “Plastic at sea: the solutions are on land!” Discover the complexity of plastic and the importance of the scientific work aboard Tara.
Espace Karré, from Saturday to Friday, November 23-29, free admission.
•  Workshops will be offered continuously by the Tara Ocean Foundation and Lorient Agglomération on plastic pollution and its solutions. The creation of a giant collaborative mural on the theme of plastic pollution at sea will take place outdoors.
Saturday and Sunday, Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly, free admission.

•# 365 Unpacked by Antoine Repessé. While asking ecological questions and interrogating our consumption patterns, # 365 Unpacked reminds us that the best waste is the one we do not produce.
Variable space, from November 16th to 24th (closed on Mondays), free admission. The exhibition will then be transferred to the lobby of the Maison de l’Agglomération de Lorient from November 26 to December 6.

- 15 H 30 : 15:30 H : Arrival of the Tara schooner at Lorient, La Base, her home port.
Pier, Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly, free entry.

- 16 – 17 H: Welcome and statements from the main participants of the 2019 Microplastics Mission.
Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly, free admission.

- 17 – 18 H: reception proposed by Lorient Agglomération.
Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly, free admission.

Sunday, November 24

17_JOAR7553_2019_07_27_Expo_Microplastiques_Brest©Lucie_Schutz_Fondation_Tara_Ocean“Plastics at sea,  solutions are on land!” exhibition in front of Tara in Brest © M. Bourdreux / Fondation Tara Océan

 - 10 – 18 H: opening of the Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly with exhibitions and activities:

Exhibition“Plastic at sea, the solutions are on land”. Discover the complexity of plastic and the importance of scientific work aboard Tara.
Espace le Karré, November 23 and 24, free admission.
• # 365 Unpacked by Antoine Repessé. While asking ecological questions and interrogating our consumption patterns, # 365 Unpacked reminds us that the best waste is the one we do not produce.
Variable space, from November 16th to 24th (closed on Mondays), free admission. The exhibition will then be transferred to the lobby of the Maison de l’Agglomération de Lorient from November 26 to December 6.

- 10:15 – 11 H: Screening of the documentary “Oceans, the plastic mystery”
Only 1% of the plastic discharged into the sea is found floating on the surface. Where does the rest go? Scientists are researching this question, focusing on microplastics. For the most part invisible, their effects are unknown, but the environment and our health are threatened. Where is the missing plastic?
Auditorium of the Cité de la voile Éric Tabarly, free admission.

- 11:30 – 12:30 H: Conference “Plastic at Sea: Solutions are on Land”
Where does plastic waste come from? Where should we focus our efforts to stop this flux? Today, about 80% of plastic waste at sea comes from land. For the Tara Ocean Foundation, it is urgent to explore and describe the origin of this pollution. Hear about the 2019 Microplastics Mission from the scientists who sampled European rivers for 6 months.Auditorium of the Cité de la voile Éric Tabarly, free admission.-

- 14 - 18 H: Guided tours of the upper deck of the schooner Tara
Pier, Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly, free entry, register online (sold out).

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- 14 – 15:30 H: round table “Reduction of packaging, local action”
Organized by Lorient Agglomération: « Catering events, photography, waste management ». Our guests will explain how their initiatives and projects contribute, each in his field, to solving the problem of plastic waste.
With Thaïs Cathelineau, manager of the restaurant Code Ø; Géraldine Marsaudon, environment manager at the Interceltique Festival; Vincent Gadonna, waste treatment manager at Lorient Agglomération; Antoine Repessé, photographer of the exhibition # 365 Unpacked.
Auditorium of the Cité de la voile Éric Tabarly, free admission.

- 16 – 17:30 H: round table “Reducing packaging: innovative measures”
Much plastic waste comes from industry. What alternatives exist? Focus on innovative approaches implemented locally.
With Stéphane Bruzaud, research professor at the University of Southern Brittany in Lorient; Vincent Gadonna, waste treatment manager at Lorient Agglomération; and representatives of enterprises: Thierry Varlet, packaging engineer at Breizpack and Éric Mariotto, director of Solandy West.
Auditorium of the Cité de la voile Éric Tabarly, free admission.

Useful information

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Saturday and Sunday November 23-24
Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly. Lorient La Base, rue Roland Morillot, 56 323 Lorient
Register for free tours of Tara on November 24th (SOLD OUT).

Free admission for animations, conferences, screenings and exhibitions. Reduced rate for the permanent exhibition of the Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly

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