This past Friday on the 8th of July, one of the conference hall in the newly completed Kongsfjordhall, was filled to the brim. The topic was plastic and microplastic pollution in the oceans, and approximately 80 people turned up to listen to Geir Wing Gabrielsen' s lecture.
Geir Wing Gabrielsen estimates that if things continue in the same rate as now, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Birds are already dying as a consequence of having plastic in their stomachs, and animals living in the sea and by the shore can get tangeled in nets and other plastic products.
Although a somber topic, the talk was very informative, and everyone, from scouts to scientists, listened with great interest during what is believed to be the largest lecture ever held in the history of Ny-Ålesund.
Luckily, the new conference halls were built for occasions like these, with all the new furniture and electronical equipment finally being put to use. We are looking forward to countless more seminars and lectures in the new halls!