The Race for Water Odyssey reaches Tokyo after facing the elements in the Pacific Ocean

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

After a tumultuous crossing of the Pacific due to the hurricanes in the region, the Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) has reached Asia. After Hawaii and Guam (USA), which were particularly fruitful stopovers in terms of scientific sampling, the R4WO aims to carry out an important awareness campaign in Japan.

Arriving in Tokyo after more than 20 days of difficult navigation, which included some detours and an emergency mooring, the R4WO team prepares for a new challenge. After an intense sampling of the beaches in Hawaii and Guam, where the amount of plastic found reached record-breaking numbers, including debris issued from the tsunami that Japan suffered in 2011, the main objective of this stopover in Japan will be to raise public awareness and meet with the scientific community that works in this field. Marco Simeoni, president of the foundation and leader of the R4WO project, says of the expedition’s third phase:

“We are eager to start this new phase of the expedition in Asia. Halfway through the R4WO, our corpus of scientific data is becoming significant, and we have been able to meet a great number of key figures active in the management of plastic pollution. In order to shore up this corpus, and to reinforce the community, Japan, and Asia in general, are crucial steps for the R4WO, since they are located at the heart of the problem. Establishing contacts in this region of the world and learning more about their recycling and waste management methods will prove to be very useful for our future campaign in 2016.”

In Tokyo, the R4WO will visit several scientific institutions in order to participate in workshops and colloquiums relating to the problem. The goal is to evaluate the impact of pollution on daily lives, its scale on the coasts, as well as the actions they are undertaking to limit it. Working to raise awareness among the youth will also be on the agenda in Japan.

The MOD70 Race for Water will leave Yokohama at the end of July to travel towards Shanghai, before heading for the islands and archipelagos of Koror and Rodrigues, to continue her adventures in fighting plastic pollution in the oceans.

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About the Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) 

Initiated by the Race for Water foundation, the “Race for Water Odyssey” is a unique expedition that aims to draw up the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the ocean by visiting island beaches situated in the 5 trash vortexes. In less than 300 days, over 40,000 nautical miles will be traveled, punctuated by 11 scientific stopovers and 9 outreach stopovers, involving a total of 13 countries. The Race for Water Odyssey benefits from the support of ISAF, Duke University, Oregon State University, senseFly, Swisscom and Swissnex. 

About the Race for Water Foundation 

Founded in Lausanne in 2010, the “Race for Water” Foundation’s mission is to preserve our planet’s most valuable resource: water. The foundation is an officially recognized non-profit organization seeking to implement concrete and sustainable actions, focusing on two main themes: protecting oceans and freshwater. “Race for Water” initiates projects aimed at raising awareness and taking concrete action on the ground. These actions are directed at four target audiences: economic players, political bodies, the scientific community, and the general public—with particular emphasis on future generations. “Race for Water” collaborates with organizations such as UNESCO, UNEP, IUCN, WWF, and WBCSD. 

Lucie Gerber – Press Officer

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 July 2015 )