Yes, we can change the world! Montréal Space for Life Marks Earth Day with Optimism

MONTRÉAL, April 15, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - From April 18 to 26, with Earth Day just around the corner, Montréal Space for Life invites you to explore the Biodôme's Gulf of St. Lawrence ecosystem from a new perspective. To make visitors aware of all the plastic polluting our oceans, the Biodôme team is actually going to be littering the ecosystem with plastic debris – they're bound to get a reaction and get people talking about what can be done about the problem! An intriguing debris recovery platform in the main basin will also serve as an introduction to the amazing story of Boyan Slat, the Dutch teen who launched a fascinating project aimed at cleaning up the oceans… because yes, we can change the world!

The Ocean Cleanup: a remarkable environmental project 

To help visitors understand Boyan Slat's concept, a scale model of the plastic debris recovery platform, central to The Ocean Cleanup project, will be installed in the heart of the Gulf of St. Lawrence ecosystem. The young Dutch ecologist and aeronautical engineering student is so enthusiastic about his idea that he was able to raise $2 million over just 100 days to make it a reality. He convinced some one hundred contributors, including a number of experts to rally to his cause and help him test this new technology in the field, under actual conditions, and demonstrate how it can help clean up the oceans – proving that it's not too late to act!

Other April essentials

From April 18 to 26, chat with the Biodôme's nature interpreters and learn more about the project itself and the impact of plastic pollution on marine ecosystems.

On April 25 and 26: Julia Reisser, Lead Oceanographer for The Ocean Cleanup, will be chatting live via Skype with visitors interested in hearing more about this huge recovery project.

On April 18-19 and 25-26, join a scientific interpreter in the Biodôme Amphitheatre and watch an episode from the 1000 Days for the Planet series. Les grands migrateurs, by Jean Lemire, focuses on an alarming threat facing the health of our oceans – the veritable continents of plastic that have formed and are having a major impact on these ecosystems.

Montréal Space for Life is made up of four attractions on the same site: the Botanical Garden, Biodôme, Insectarium and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. These four prestigious municipal institutions form Canada's largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.

For further information and to purchase tickets online, see our website: montrealspaceforlife.ca.

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For further information: Nadine Fortin, Communications Co-ordinator, 514 868-3053, nadine.fortin@ville.montreal.qc.ca; Karine Vendette, Communications Assistant, 514 872-2227, karine.vendette@ville.montreal.qc.ca

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