A prominent New England aquarium has teamed with a local energy corporation to produce an interactive exhibit exploring the latter’s efforts to curb oceanic pollution by turning it into clean energy. Mystic Aquarium, located in Connecticut, unveiled the new Covanta Cove earlier this week. Named for the aforementioned energy company, the exhibit offers visitors the chance to see how the waste-to-energy process works in a nearby power plant. Joe Wojtas of local paper The Day has the scoop:
“During Thursday’s ribbon cutting, Katie Cubina, the aquarium’s senior vice president for mission programs, said the exhibit and partnership with Covanta ties in with the aquarium’s mission to protect the world’s oceans.
Andy Wood, the aquarium’s senior vice president of external affairs, added that the aquarium hopes the exhibit will ‘raise awareness and spur action.’
Paul Gilman, Covanta’s senior vice president and chief sustainability officer, said the firm has been approached about the marine debris problem and came up with the idea to turn it into energy.”
The exhibit seems like a pretty effective piece of corporate outreach merged with Mystic’s ongoing efforts to educate about marine pollution.
A new survey confirms that the lay public trusts science and scientists, but that scientists and the public have different views on specific issues. Unfortunately, the survey tells us how people feel, but not why, which we have to understand if we’re going to try and narrow the perception gap between what the public believes and what the bulk of the scientific evidence indicates, a gap that cause all kinds of harm.