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Our vision

To preserve water, the most precious resource on earth 

The Race for Water Foundation is a charity dedicated to water preservation. This indispensable resource is under massive threat from plastic pollution and must be protected. Water will definitely be the 21st century's defining global challenge

However, the causes and consequences of the humanitarian issues tied to lack of water and the disruption of ocean ecosystems are less well understood than those relating to other aspects of sustainable development. This can be seen both in public opinion, and in economic and political engagement. 

Plastic pollution in water is an unprecedented environmental, human and economic disaster. Plastic is everywhere.  In 2015, the Race for Water Foundation launched Race for Water Odyssey, a unique environmental expedition that allowed teams to collect the necessary scientific and sociological data required for a thorough understanding of the social and environmental impacts of plastic pollution in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, for the first time. And the conclusions were clear: plastic pollution is everywhere:

Negative impacts of plastic pollution on the ecosystem

This waste has a number of negative impacts on the ecosystem and on mankind:

Threat to marine ecosystems
Entanglement, ingestion, intestinal blockage, choking, etc. can lead to animals' deaths. It is estimated that, among others, 86% percent of marine turtles, 44% of marine birds, including 70% to 100% of albatrosses, ingest plastic macro-debris, mistaking it for their prey.

Potential vectors for invasive species that may represent a threat to marine ecosystems and endemic populations 

Potential contamination of the food chain
Plastic matter fragments into plastic microparticles, and releases toxic chemicals (fire retardants, PCBs, bisphenol A, phtalates, etc.) that can easily be ingested by marine animals, and eventually, by humans. 


The foundation aims therefore to bring together the public, institutions, companies and decision-makers to address this crucial theme and to:

LEARN: Contribute to scientific knowledge

SHARE: Raise awarness among general public and decision makers

ACT: Implement practical solutions


 

Together we will preserve water, the most precious resource on the planet.