Every year, tens of millions of pounds of microplastics – tiny pieces of plastic less than 5 mm in length – enter the Great Lakes. As some of the largest lakes in the world, these large bodies of freshwater are home to some 3,500 species, and millions of people depend on the health of the lakes for drinking water and recreation. Now, a new magnet technology could help scientists clean up the lakes and remove these toxic microplastics from the water!
Sign now to demand Congress immediately provide funding to research and fast track this amazing technology so it can be widely used as soon as possible!
Ground-breaking research at RMT University in Melbourne, Australia has led to the discovery of a way to dramatically reduce the amount of microplastics in water! Researchers found that using magnets, hazardous materials like microplastics can be extracted sustainably from water in just an hour.
This exciting news is desperately needed, as more and more research confirms the dangers of microplastics to ecosystems and human health. Exposure to microplastics is linked to cognitive and memory issues in animals, and public health researchers worry these tiny toxic fragments could have similar effects on humans.
The situation in the Great Lakes is dire, and companies that contribute to the microplastics crisis must be held responsible. But in the meantime, thanks to scientists, there is hope. Sign now to tell Congress: we cannot wait any longer! Fast-track funding for this amazing magnet technology and save our Great Lakes before it is too late!