Water availability and quality are essential to life as we know it. This has lead the foundation to focus the attention on the largest freshwater reserve on Earth, Antarctica, that’s why in 2017, the 1st Antarctic Biennial was held.
During 2018-2019, the foundation puts its focus on the impact of large plastic islands that are found in the oceans, and that are formed mainly from the waste bring into the ocean by rivers. These plastics disintegrate into micro particles that, although not visible, remain non-biodegradable and toxic. It seems that at this moment there are more micro plastic particles in suspension than plankton.
Today it’s estimated that on average there are 13,000 plastics per square mile of ocean, with a total weight of 100 million tons. The plankton, the marine fishes and river fishes eat these microplastics, having an indisputable impact on the health of animals and people.
Plastic not only pollutes the water of the oceans. It has recently been discovered that almost all bottled waters contain small plastic particles that affect public health. The consumption of bottled water around the world has increased from 288 to 391 billion liters per year, between 2012 and 2017. Is the water you drink or contemplate on the beaches really clean?
The artistic-scientific project Whater? aims to investigate, disseminate and raise awareness about the negative effects of plastic to the widest possible public.