Plasticus Maritimus

Plasticus Maritimus

Ana Pêgo, Bernardo P. Carvalho, & Isabel Minhós Martin

Original Title
Plasticus Maritimus, uma espécie invasora
Published
Planeta Tangerina, 2019
Genre
Non fiction
Pages
170
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Plasticus Maritimus

Ana Pêgo, Bernardo P. Carvalho, & Isabel Minhós Martin

When Ana was a kid, she used to play on the beach, rather than in her backyard. She would take long walks on the sand, observing tides, collecting fossils and enjoying nature.

But gradually she started to notice that a new invading species was becoming more and more common on the shores: plastic.

To help warning people for its effects on life in our planet, Ana became a marine biologist and decided to start collecting plastics. She even gave a name to this new species: Plasticus maritimus. Ever since, she never gave it any rest and started a project to raise awareness of this issue and promote a more conscious use of plastics.

Based on Ana’s project, this book holds information on the relationship between plastic and the oceans. It also includes a practical guide for collecting and analysing samples of this species on the beach. The main goal: inspiring change. Plasticus maritimus should be wiped out!

Every hour, one thousand tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans. 
That’s the equivalent of a large lorry full of plastic — each minute! 
It’s about time we do something about it.

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Awards
Nominated — Ecologic Book for Youth 2021, at the Festival du Livre et de la Presse d’Écologie (France, 2021)

Nominated — Prix Sorcières 2021 (France)

Selected — 2021 Outstanding Science Trade Books (USA)

Honourable Mention — Category Non Fiction, BolognaRagazzi Awards, by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair (2020)

Nominated — Best Portuguese Picturebook Illustrator, at the BD Amadora Awards (2019)