Room 141, Building L, Newnham CampusSummary:
A discussion about how past and present human behaviour and practices on the Tamar Estuary can greatly harm our environment and biodiversity.
- Jia Sheng Danny Tan
- Will Plaister
We will be talking about water pollution in the Tamar estuary and how people can help to minimise future water pollution. The presentation covers the background info of the Tamar Estuary such as the number of catchments, the species living within the river and the importance of the Tamar Estuary. The presentation also covers the sources of water pollution, as well as a depiction of graphs to make it easier to understand. Finally, the presentation provides some suggestions and solutions for people to apply in their daily lives to help minimise or reduce further pollution.
We will use the Tamar estuary to highlight how past and present human behaviour and practices can greatly harm our environment and biodiversity. The Tamar is just one local example of a global pattern of problems and the presentation will aim to highlight how looking abroad to share problems and solutions could be just one way of mitigating or repairing environmental and biodiversity loss. By telling ‘the story’ of the Tamar river we will highlight the need for change toward more sustainable practices which is arguably a key message of climate change week. The presentation will also involve several engagement activities for the students.
About the speakers
Jia Sheng Danny Tan is currently studying honours at the University of Tasmania. He is also an i-Prep intern with the UTAS sustainability team under the supervision of Northern Sustainability Officer Carmen Primo Perez. Jia Sheng Danny Tan’s research project as an i-Prep intern examines water pollution in the Tamar estuary and offers solutions for individuals and the community for reducing future pollution.
Will Plaister is an undergraduate student currently studying a Bachelor of Arts. In 2018, Will became involved in the sustainability space through the UTAS ‘XBR101 Engaging with sustainability’ unit but also as a SIPS intern (Sustainability integration program for students) overseeing a pilot of the ‘Green Impact’ program at UTAS. Will is currently a SIPS fellow and during 2019 he has planned and conducted weekly workshops aimed at engaging UTAS students with various facets of sustainability.