20 February 2012
Slovenian pilot and marine biologist, Matevz Lenarcic, is completing an around the world flight to expose disparities in global water supplies, and the source locations of black carbon emissions. From January through March, Lenarcic will fly westbound around the globe, being tracked in real-time, by Palmerston North based GPS company, spidertracks.
Lenarcic is using aerial photography to expose
the disparity in quality and distribution of global drinking-water supplies. He is also researching
the concentration and source locations of black carbon - the second largest contributor to global warming.
Spidertracks is sponsoring Lenarcic with real-time satellite flight tracking for this journey. His flight path will be mapped across the globe and made publicly visible to family and supporters, throughout the entirety of his trip.
Spidertracks’ director of operations, James McCarthy, was eager to support Lenarcic’s campaign;
“This is an important global issue for spidertracks to be a part of. It’s about being environmentally responsible, so when we saw the opportunity to make a difference, we offered our full support.”
More than 70% of Earth's surface is covered with water, yet almost a third of the human population has limited or even blocked access to safe drinking sources. Lenarcic will use aerial photography to highlight these areas of disparity and campaign for equal access.
Black Carbon is produced due to incomplete combustion of bio fuels - produced by human emissions and naturally through soot. Throughout his flight, Lenarcic will be measuring the concentration of black carbon in the atmosphere and identify it’s source locations around the world, with the aim of reducing it’s output.