THE LICHEN: How Do You Survive With No Ozone?

Project by : WONG Man Yi Mani, LO Tsz Ning Twinnie

582%

funded

US$2,239

raised of US$385 fixed goal

Funded

on 14 December 2013

Launched: 11 Oct 2013

Funding ends: 14 Dec 2013

The Antarctica Expedition and Exhibition explores how artists, researchers and scientists working together can collect and interpret environmental data using new forms of creativity and visualization. Students will carry out research in the remote science stations of environmentally-significant Antarctica to create media art and design projects that offer new approaches to understanding climate change and sustainable solutions.

Project Description

As our ozone layer increasingly thins over Antarctica, the UV-B radiation intensifies on the surface influencing the growth of its already-struggling vegetation. To survive, some lichens possess antioxidants that protect their cells and DNA from damage, and some studies have suggested that this quality varies between the polar and temperate regions. It seems the plants are adjusting to thrive under the ozone hole. However, the lichen are very sensitive to air pollution and unable to withstand common pollutants. This contrast, adapting to ozone issues but weakening to poor air quality, makes their study unique as they live in a place with one ecological concern but free of another. The team will measure both lichen abundance and UV-B levels and air quality in Antarctica and compare with levels in Hong Kong.

Antioxidants are one of the key ingredients in cosmetic and skincare products due to their ability to inhibit free-radical damage and remarkable benefits for all skin-types. The investigation here may lead to exploration of how lichen extracts could be used as cosmetic products. By linking lichen to the cosmetic products we use daily, the team will raise public awareness for preserving valuable lichen by promoting cleaner air in Hong Kong and draw attention to the ozone depletion in Antarctica.

Team Bio

Having both spent an exchange semester in the United Kingdom, backpacking friends Mani and Twinnie are world travelers having already visited and formed friendships in over 10 international countries. Biologist Twinnie has participated in an aquatic animal study in Norway about behavioral changes in starfish caused by changes in their living environment. Engineer Mani was a student environmental protection ambassador for Hong Kong and the Director of External Affairs of the HK200 Association under The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups.

Support & Sponsorship

Antarctica offers unique research opportunities but the stark fact is that each one of us has to bear the HKD 30,000 travel cost. We view this money as an investment in our personal futures and the future of our planet.

We welcome individuals or corporates to support this once in a lifetime journey for us young passionate individuals wanting to make a difference. All funds received, whether raised from the main project or the 14 individual projects, will be evenly shared by all students. These funds go directly to us, and are not connected to the university. The money is meant to offset our travel costs, and assist our families to lessen their financial burdens and hardship. We all need your generous support!

Please also kindly check the link below for all the 14 projects. We are grateful for your monetary help, support and encouragement.

http://www.fringebacker.com/en/partners/cityu/

WONG Man Yi Mani, LO Tsz Ning Twinnie
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WONG Man Yi Mani, LO Tsz Ning Twinnie

HK$100

(approximately US$13*)

  • Thank you for your support! Your name will be mentioned in our exhibition and website

Estimated Delivery: Dec 2013
24 Backers

HK$300

(approximately US$39*)

  • Postcard Set from Antarctica
  • Projection of your Individual name in Antarctica, we will document it and send it back to you in a choice of 3R/4R size photo
  • Your name will be mentioned in our exhibition and website

Estimated Delivery: Dec 2013
4 Backers

HK$500

(approximately US$65*)

  • Signed Exhibition Catalogue
  • Postcard Set from Antarctica
  • You will have access to our Antartica trip update
  • Your name will be mentioned in our exhibition and website

Estimated Delivery: Dec 2013
6 Backers

HK$800

(approximately US$103*)

  • Postcard set from Antartica, designed by our teammates. We will send a selected postcard from Antartica / Argentina
  • You will have access to our Antartica trip update.
  • Your name will be mentioned in our exhibition and website

Estimated Delivery: Dec 2013
1 Backer

HK$1,000

(approximately US$129*)

  • Signed and Framed Limited Edition Photograph from Expedition
  • You will have access to our Antartica trip update.
  • Your name will be mentioned in our exhibition and website

Estimated Delivery: Dec 2013
2 Backers

HK$3,000

(approximately US$385*)

  • A photobook detailing our expedition and what we encounter in Antarctica, with our accounts and though on the journey
  • Postcard set of Antarctica
  • You will have access to our Antartica trip update.
  • Your name will be mentioned in our exhibition and website

Estimated Delivery: Dec 2013
0 Backers

HK$5,000

(approximately US$641*)

  • 3D Printed Artwork created from Data Collected in Antarctica
  • You will have access to our Antartica trip update.
  • Your name will be mentioned in our exhibition and website

Estimated Delivery: Dec 2013
0 Backers

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13 Backers