Because we know you're interested in community science tools, we wanted to let you know about our latest Public Lab kit and campaign: BabyLegs.
This do-it-yourself trawl, made from pink baby tights, is used for monitoring and learning about plastic pollution in waterways, like ocean microplastics.
There are over 5.25 trillion pieces of marine plastics in the world's oceans, and they absorb things like chemicals, pesticides, and heavy metals. The plastics are ingested by wildlife, posing an urgent environmental justice issue, as people who eat marine mammals or who depend upon fish for sustenance are more likely to carry high toxic burdens. With this in mind, we've worked with Dr. Max Liboiron of the CLEAR feminist science laboratory to launch this kit.
We've nearly reached our goal in less than a week, and would love your help in taking us across the finish line. Like all of our Public Lab kits, BabyLegs is open source, made from affordable parts, is fully DIY, and aimed at addressing environmental problems that affect communities around the world.
We'd love to see how you can use BabyLegs in your community, and we have some great incentives to go along with your pledge, including a DIY sea globe to show off your finds, and our Community Microscope to help investigate your catch!