Faced with the difficulties it faces in financing its scientific expeditions, the Tara Foundation is putting the ocean to work, a way to recall the importance of donations for marine research.
A turbine that generates energy Electricity was placed at the bottom of the water, off Brittany in the Morbihan, where the current is strong, explains Romain Troublé, General Manager of the Tara Expeditions Foundation in a video.
The turbine powers a computer able to secure bitcoin transactions. Each recorded transaction generates money, reinvested in ocean research.
"The environment represents less than 3% of donations made to charities", says the private foundation that studies the impact of global warming
So she had the idea, with FF Creative Community Los Angeles, "to use the energy of the sea to raise money" with her installation "Ocean miner" ).
In one month, the installation has raised 200 €, "a drop of water in the ocean", underlines the Foundation.
"This installation will not under any circumstances cover the needs scientific research ", explains Romain Troublé in a statement but this" allows to remember that only the mobilization of all will fund research to study, understand and better preserve the ocean tomorrow ".
For 15 years, the foundation has sought to better understand the impact of climate change on the ocean and thus better preserve it.
His schooner has already traveled the Arctic to study the pack ice, sailed in all seas of the globe to discover the plankton or crisscrossed the Mediterranean to measure the impact of plastic pollution.
She currently crosses the Pacific to study coral reefs, threatened by climate change and human activities.