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Lead academic: Professor Peter Hopkinson (Business School)
Lead academic: Michele Miller (Business School)
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Ocean Plastic: Turning the tide through the circular economy

Challenge overview

The tide of plastics in the Ocean is rising rapidly creating damage to marine ecosystems, people’s livelihoods and wider socio-ecological damage. Exeter academics are at the forefront of finding solutions to this global problem. You will meet them and hear from them during the Challenge, as well as hearing from individuals from businesses, NGOs and Government involved in ‘Reversing the Plastic Tide’. You will be asked to develop and propose solutions to support a transition to a New Plastics Economy based on the principles of the circular economy.

Grand Challenges 2018

Students heard from some of the world leading scientists at Exeter studying Ocean Plastics including Professor Tamara GallowayProfessor Brenden Godley, and speakers from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation leading the Global New Plastics Economy programme and demonstrating how the Circular Economy can work in practice. They also heard from global businesses including Coca Cola (who is taking serious action to remove fossil plastic packaging from their products), and local businesses and organisations taking action to reduce and remove plastics from the Devon and Cornwall economy and clean up existing waste.

Students also went on a field trip to the Exeter Marine Recycling Facility, as well as going on a beach clean at Westward Ho! Beach.

Here is the Ocean Plastic Challenge Timetable

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David Attenborough