Reducing waste through participatory science

Adopt'1 Spot: the whistleblower's tool for tackling the problem of litter in the marine environment update

Adopt'1 Spot: the whistleblower's tool for tackling the problem of litter in the marine environment

Each year, millions of tons of waste end up in the oceans, 80% of it from land. Managing this pollution upstream of the marine environment is therefore of paramount importance! To take action against litter, the MerTerre association, a long-standing player in the field of waste in the aquatic environment, has set up the Adopt'1 Spot program, which has a threefold objective: to raise awareness of pollution caused by abandoned waste; to combat its proliferation in natural and marine environments; and to measure to obtain the data needed to better manage the problem locally and nationally, in order to build an appropriate response and target the resources needed to reduce waste at source. 

A participatory science program 

Adopt'1 Spot, is a participatory science tool that makes it possible to monitor pollution by abandoned waste in a very specific area, in order to draw up as complete a diagnosis as possible: origin, typology of waste, variation according to the weather, etc. 
This diagnosis is based on frequent characterizations of the waste collected on the spot. By carrying out at least 3 pick-ups per year, and recording the data on the Zero Déchet Sauvage platform, the device makes it possible to follow the evolution of the waste deposit on this spot, and understand the specifics of pollution at this precise location. 

Thanks to this data, managers can carry out precise diagnoses of waste pollution, on their territories and construct action plans that are as adapted and therefore effective as possible

Everyone can become a warning whistleblower and take part in concretely preserving a place by adopting it to help a community. 

An educational tool to raise awareness 

Adopt'1 Spot is also an educational tool to raise awareness among different audiences: citizens, schoolchildren, corporate employees, etc.  

This program is offered to educational structures to reach as many children and teenagers as possible, who can benefit from tailored accompaniment from MerTerre

Acquiring a series of data enables young people to get involved in the management of their territory by alerting local authorities and monitoring the implementation of waste prevention measures, tailored to local issues. 

MerTerre thanks you 💙 update

MerTerre thanks you 💙

🌊 Our very best wishes for 2024! 🌊

As we begin 2024, the MerTerre association would like to express its warmest wishes to you. May this new year be for you an extraordinary adventure, rich in discoveries and accomplishments.

In 2023, we shared great victories together for the preservation of our environment with the #ZeroWasteWaste goal. Thanks to your support and our collaboration, we have been able to move towards a more sustainable world, helping to protect our oceans and our planet.

For this new year, we want to strengthen our ties and amplify our impact. Together, let us continue to work for a future where nature thrives and future generations can enjoy a healthy, preserved environment.

May every day be an opportunity to celebrate our collective successes, to overcome obstacles with resilience and tenacity, and to cultivate the love and beauty that lie in our shared commitment. May we make 2024 a year in which our actions together are even more meaningful, helping to build a more just and balanced world.

MerTerre thanks you for your continued commitment and dedication. Together, let's be stronger in 2024, let's continue our quest towards a #ZeroWasteWaste goal and let's make this year a major milestone in the protection of our precious ecosystem 🌊💙

Best wishes to all of you for an exceptional year, marked by solidarity, hope and success.

With gratitude, 

The MerTerre team 🌍🐟

Adhésions 2024, our gifts to value your support! 
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Calanques Propres: 20 years of commitment to preserving our Mediterranean jewel update

Calanques Propres: 20 years of commitment to preserving our Mediterranean jewel

Friday November 24 marked an exceptional moment in the history of the large-scale collection operation, Calanques Propres. This emblematic event celebrated its20 years in the exceptional location of the sanitary locker made available by the Marseille Capitale de la Mer structure. Bringing together all the structures involved, whether associations, local authorities, partners and many others, the day was a celebration of the shared commitment to preserving our environment.

Presentation of the results of the 2023 edition and review of 20 years
The day began with a presentation of the results of the 2023 edition. Attendees learned about this year's concrete achievements, measuring the positive impact of two decades of collective effort. The impressive figures were shared with the journalists in attendance, highlighting the continued progress of Calanques Propres.

A 20-year review followed, highlighting the milestones of this operation marked by unwavering determination. From raising public awareness to implementing innovative solutions, every moment was a step towards a healthier environment.

Collaborative workshops for a build the future
The afternoon was devoted to collaboration withworkshops by geographical sector. Participants brainstormed together on a concrete action plan to eliminate abandoned waste in Calanques Propres territories. The creative energy deployed during these sessions was palpable, reflecting everyone's commitment and determination.

A second workshop, led by a graphic facilitator, enabled participants to project themselves into the future of Calanques Propres. This innovative approach encouraged the visualization of a future where environmental preservation is at the heart of our concerns.

A convivial and committed evening
The day concluded with a apéritif en musique with Dominique Beven, an artist with multiple instruments from around the world. The festive atmosphere allowed participants to relax while celebrating the achievements of Calanques Propres. The lunch buffet and aperitif were provided by DouSens, a zero-waste caterer, with beer from brasserie Zoumaï and natural wine on consignment from Château Pompette.

A sincere thank you to participants and a message of hope
Calanques Propres would like to express its gratitude to all participants, whether volunteers, partners or community members. Their unwavering commitment has been key to the success of this operation over the years.

Stay tuned for a detailed account of the event. In the meantime, interested parties can find the bilan 2023 en ligne, a source of inspiration for all those who believe in the possibility of preserving our Mediterranean jewel.

Calanques Propres is more than just an operation; it's a collective movement towards a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable future. An example to follow for all those who aspire to make a difference in the world around them.

Retour sur l'opération de ramassage d'envergure Calanques Propres !

Découvrez quelques images de l'opération Calanques Propres 2023.
 Un immense merci à Saint Thomas Productions pour cette superbe vidéo !

Intervention with 25 junior town councillors from Montélimar! update

Intervention with 25 junior town councillors from Montélimar!

Returning to the superb intervention on June 14 with 25 junior city councilors from the Ville de Montélimar on l'île du Frioul and its Calanque de l'Eoube

On the program, awareness-raising and collection to understand the problem of waste abandoned littering the coastline. 

Lots of fragments plastics and packaging food plastics picked up including sticks from sucker or cotton tips...

Adopt'1 Spot: 30 children mobilized to preserve nature! update

Adopt'1 Spot: 30 children mobilized to preserve nature!

Back to yesterday's (April 25) superb intervention with some thirty children from the centre aéré ACM de la Savine on the plage de la Maronaise!
On the program, raising awareness, collecting then sorting and characterizing waste to understand the problem of abandoned garbage littering the beaches.
All in all, that's around ten kilos and at least 50 L of waste collected thanks to them! 

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Year in review 2022 updateIsabelle Poitou, director and founder of the MerTerre association, raising awareness at Lac de la Cavayère in Carcassonne.

Year in review 2022

MerTerre has been keen to introduce students to the scientific approach, so that they have the tools and knowledge to become agents of change. In 2022, we developed a pedagogical kit to offer a playful knowledge path as well as a guide for the proper execution of their waste collection operations. 123 new structures were integrated in 2022, for a total of 449 structures including 15% local authorities and 14% schools.

We have also drawn up a deployment plan for Adopt'1 Spot so that in 2023 schoolchildren will participate in enriching local authority diagnoses via a dashboard developed specifically for this purpose.

Adopt'1 Spot in 2022 means :
- 86 collections with surveys ;
- 20 structures mobilized ;
- 39 spots cleaned ;
- 1,653 participants ;
- 10 surveys using level 1 ;
- 53 surveys using level 2;
- 12 surveys using level 3;
- 11 surveys using level 4;
- at least 3.2 tons of waste collected;
- at least 27 m3 of waste collected, including: 60,921 cigarette butts, 1,722 glass bottles, 1,625 metal cans, 2,051 plastic bottles and 49 tires.

New partner schools for Adopt'1 Spot! updateIsabelle Poitou, director and founder of the MerTerre association, during an awareness-raising session with young people prior to a collection.

New partner schools for Adopt'1 Spot!

We wanted to raise awareness and support as many schools as possible with the Adopt'1 Spot program to monitor and protect fragile sites. Thanks to part of the donations, we have been able to create an educational kit (awareness-raising documents, collection kit) and are in contact with 4 schools to start our program this autumn.

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