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Interview with Isabel Ordóñez and Raul Goñi from Plastic Justice Project, led by Elisava Research

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We spoke with Isabel Ordóñez and Raul Goñi about the Plastic Justice Project led by Elisava Research and its online seminar that will take place on February 8th, 2021.

Isabel, Raul, tell us a little more about Plastic Justice Project.
Plastic Justice Project is a pan-European educational collaboration between five art and design academies in The Hague, Reykjavík, Barcelona, London and Vilnius. Together with regional scientists and NGOs committed to the environment, the educational program, which includes a conference, an exhibition and a website, focuses on the long-term impact of invisible microplastics on the human body and the environment. Plastic Justice aims to create new knowledge through cross-academic exchange and field research that promotes the conscious design education for the next generation.

What can we find in the online seminar that will take place this coming Monday, February 8?
Plastic Justice Actions is an online seminar that will provide an introduction to the topic of microplastics for anyone interested in delving into this topic. The best researchers in the field will describe the effect microplastics have on the environment and human health. Different actors will show the current actions taken to address the challenge of micro plastics from NGOs, companies and European regulation. You can check the schedule and subscribe before February 2 in this form.

How can we see Elisava's students involved in the project?
Five students from Elisava will develop a project on the theme of microplastics, based on collaboration with the local NGO Libera, and will participate in collective learning activities with students from other partner institutions to address this complex sustainability problem. During the first year of the projects, students from all institutions will be encouraged to develop a project related to micro plastics. While, in the second year, teachers from each institution will collaborate in defining a guide for teachers to involve complex sustainability issues in art and design education.

Tell us how design and research can help with the effects of microplastics...
Research in the case of microplastics is fundamental, since, being very small particles, it’s a problem that can go very unnoticed if it’s not measured and observed with certain types of instruments. The worrying thing is that research shows us that these particles are already in our environment, our food and even our blood, without us noticing it. This calls us to do something about it, and this is where design plays an important role. If we can design solutions based on the information provided by research in this field, we can help reduce the amount of microplastics to which we are exposed, and design systems that allow us to remedy the environmental damage that we have caused by excess plastics in the environment.

And finally, what kind of impact is expected to be obtained from Plastic Justice project?
The first impact that we expect from Plastic Justice project is that students generate different proposals that contribute to dealing with the problem of micro plastics. But apart from this, we hope that the collaboration with these other 4 European universities will help us to generate international ties for future projects and collaborations, between the universities, but also among the students who participate in these activities. These types of international collaborations are essential to deal with complex sustainability issues like the one we are addressing in the project. For this reason, through this project, we seek to teach how to work in international teams that are capable of proposing local solutions to global problems. We’ll wait for you at the online seminar 😊.

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