Agen: “Naïade” Barge tells the story of the protection of the sea above the water

We are no less polluted because we do not live by the sea. This is a message, among other things, that “Naïade” wants to convey, stuck in Port de Placens d’Agen until May 8.

Small currents form large rivers. And the pollution that comes with them inevitably ends up at sea. The NGO expedition is at the forefront of monitoring this pollution on the 7th continent (in the case of continents made up of millions of tons of plastic detritus discharged by ocean currents, editors note) where it has been raising awareness of the highest numbers for many years. . If he used to sail from seaport to seaport, today he is partnering with Voice Navigables de France (VNF) and Citeo to go as far as possible on the barge “Naïade” to raise awareness among the people.

Contamination at source

Arriving in Agen on 5 May, there was no time to set up building workshops to welcome school teams. “We make young people aware of the problem of marine pollution,” explained Patrick Dixon, founder of the NGO Expedition 7 Continent, navigator and member of the Society of Explorers. And the result of each gesture below, we make a reminder with a practical application for waste sorting. ” In a fifteen-minute workshop, children and their families discover the consequences of picking errors and how a cigarette butt thrown in the Aegean canal will often inevitably end up at sea. “Today, sorting has become accessible. Even at the edge of the bank, we find sorting bins. If we sort, we recycle or whatever can’t, it doesn’t end up in nature,” Patrick Dexon continued.

Answers from children who express much more knowledge than adults are quick and sure.
Photo by Morad Cherchhari

An encouraging development

Patrick Dexon and his NGO have been raising awareness about maritime security for ten years. And an encouraging sign, he has seen a lot of progress since his first step in 2012: “When I started, no one had any idea what the 7th continent was. Today, it has entered the general vocabulary. Even children, and for that I say national. Congratulations on learning, Sensitive “Navigator delighted. “Young people are growing up with an environmental conscience. They already know a lot and we only explain the harm of water pollution. Over the weekend, we see them explain to their parents how ocean pollution is created, what is sorted. “The children on the barge answered many of their questions correctly. They are both interested and fascinated by this pollution which is often invisible or distant to them. In the workshop of Gautier Seveno, a facilitator of waste life in nature: “There is waste that jumps on them but they know a lot … and the funny thing is that there is not much difference in knowledge between adults and children.” At the end of the workshop, the children are ready to pick up their waste without error and pass this knowledge on to their parents.

After Agen, the barge will depart for Valencia d’Agen from 10 to 11 May, Moissac from 13 to 15 May, Castelsarrasin from 17 to 19 May, Montauban from 21 to 25 May, and finally a final stop at Toulouse on 28 May. Until June 4.

Small gestures that count

Many bad gestures seem trivial to us, like throwing a cigarette butt on the ground or leaving it with nature’s waste. But with waterlogging, many will inevitably end up in our waterways and oceans.

A cigarette butt : It contaminates 500 liters of water and takes more than two years to decompose while releasing micro-plastics.

An aluminum can : Although it is almost infinitely reusable properly arranged, it takes between 200 and 500 to disappear.

Plastic bag : In addition to decay in 400 years, they present a real risk to marine life. Every year the tortoise dies of suffocation in a plastic bag, even if it starts floating in the garon!

And the overall champion of this sadly common pollution is undoubtedly the battery which took more than 7800 years to disappear, also leaving a lot of harmful substances where it landed.

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