CLEANING UP OCEAN PLASTIC
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UNA OCEANS & CLIMATE - Is an organization founded in the UK in 2020, by Gonzalo Alvarez, a marine biologist and conservationist - and ardent equal rights advocate - who lives on the south coast of England. Since inception and in a very short time, the group has grown to attract members from around the world, to give them support and a voice that needs to be heard.
US LOBBY FOR A CHANGE IN THE LAW - WITH OUR 7S POINT PLASTIC PLAN
Lobbying for preventative change where existing plastic policies are damaging our oceans, is just as important as the development of after-event clean up technology. Plastic is at present an environmental justice issue looking for disinfecting reckoning.
The oceans cover 71% of Earth's surface, yet fisheries (including farmed fish) contributes only 2% to the world's food supply on a caloric basis. Fish consumption is projected to rise 58% between 2010 and 2050, but according to the FAO 33% of fish stocks were over-fished in 2015 and 60% fished at maximum sustainable levels. With micro plastics contaminating this valuable resource, is it possible to increase the food supply from the oceans in a sustainable way, to be able to feed a rapidly growing population?
In our view, seafood will become poisonous to humans as it becomes more carcinogenic, raising cancer rates and overloading emergency facilities unsustainably - much as Covid-19 was a wake up call as to the vulnerability of our trimmed-to-the-bone health services.
Prevention is better than cure, but politicians are notoriously retrospective in just policy making (lacking common sense) where they benefit financially from behaving badly, meaning that pre-emptive legislation is left to visionaries to predict, with science also behind the curve, though at least concerned as to developing patterns.
With these facts firmly established, we can explain why we have global warming and plastic polluted seas. Where it is too late to prevent the mess we have created, we desperately need an International Agreement like MARPOL, to limit the flow of plastic from rivers into the sea.
We implore you to write to your MP,
to ask them to agree to introduce laws that make it illegal in their
countries to allow river
waste (including microplastics) into territorial waters - and from there
into international waters. A law like this is sure to trigger the introduction
of monitoring, barriers and cleaning operations with equitable rewards for
any organization providing such services. So far your leaders have
demonstrated that they don't give a jot, unless someone raises a subject as
an election issue, where votes count.
1. Supermarket packaging transformation (back) to paper predominantly
must encourage and help such endeavours until equilibrium is reached. THIS
WILL BE A BEGINNING.
CREATIVE CAMPAIGN - The Cleaner Ocean Foundation are backing the production of a graphic novel featuring ingested ocean plastic and ghost netting as dangers to wildlife, along with food shortages from toxic seafood and climate heating reducing land for agriculture.
TOMORROW IS NO MORE THAN THE CHOICES WE MAKE TODAY - ADAPT OR PERISH
We would urge those who do care about out planet to lobby politicians for common sense, starting with you local MP, ending with the G20. A growing number of corporations are now pushing for a sustainable economy.
If you are not going to stop buying food in plastic packaging. Why not stop buying clothes made of plastic. We doubt that will happen either. If you are not going to stop buying clothes made of plastic. Then you deserve what is coming to you, your children and grand children. Those of us who do care are being condemned to watch as the oceans become more plastic than fish by volume - powerless to do anything other than remind you of the consequences of your inaction.
Those of you who did nothing, will have their great grand children look back in wonder at the complete lack of concern that their forebears demonstrated - as they do what they can to survive in the ruins you - as a non-caring citizen of planet earth - have left behind.
A study by the University of Exeter, the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Jacobs University and Making Oceans Plastic Free – focuses on floating plastic, as sunk waste is difficult or impossible to remove depending on size and location.
The new study analysed the impact of deploying 200 floating tubes, running without downtime for 130 years – from 2020 to 2150. In this scenario, global floating plastic debris would be reduced by 44,900 metric tonnes – just over 5% of the estimated global total by the end of that period. The authors estimate that the amount of plastic reaching the ocean will peak in 2029, and surface plastic will hit more than 860,000 metric tonnes - more than double the current estimated 399,000 - by 2052.
We agree that surface patrols alone will not resolve issue. The real problem is that funding is not available, for the solutions proposed that are already on the table. This is the fault of the UN member nations that will not cough up to clear up. They'd much rather procrastinate, while the clock keeps ticking.
DO WE CLEAN UP OCEAN PLASTIC ?
With SeaVax falling at the funding hurdle, the answer to that setback is we keep looking for solutions and working at it until we succeed. If we all pull together we can move mountains (of plastic). One solution at a time.
This site is all about the search for ways to keep our oceans clean. This includes improving waste recycling on land, looking for viable alternatives and redesigning packaging and products for a cleaner future. Ultimately, we should be aiming for at least 99% recycling to achieve a sustainable society.
WHERE DID/DO WE START?
began by cleaning beaches, low tech and effective.
Some efforts at cleaning rivers are underway and blue water ocean cleaning (one including rivers and micro plastics) is the subject of three of the
Plastic that is recovered is being converted to new products reducing the
need to make fresh. We must recycle more. We should be aiming for as
near to 100%
recycling as possible to create a Circular Economy. A circular plastic economy is slowly becoming a
reality, coupled with better waste management and reducing unnecessary plastic
MORE CAREFUL -
Although there may be solutions on the horizon, it pays to dispose of your
plastic waste responsibly.
BE MORE CAREFUL - Although there may be solutions on the horizon, it pays to dispose of your plastic waste responsibly.
"Be the solution, not the pollution."
should look to use less single use plastic in packaging wherever
practical. Supermarkets should look for alternative packaging if it
would not detract from the quality of produce or make them
uncompetitive. They might support a
plastic-oil circular economy with recycling depositories at their stores.
In a climate emergency, growth represents rising temperatures. Industry
should be looking for stability.
INDIFFERENCE - One or two of the G20 do care about ocean plastic, notably Canada as a member of the G7, but even they do not want to get lumbered with the bill for cleaning up the oceans their country has helped to poison. We suspect, unless the United Nations as a group agrees to direct and positive action. The politics of plastic = Polytics.
might revise their policies, where at present they will not support mass
ocean cleaning and do not accept responsibility for their countries
dumping waste in the ocean. But it
is illegal for ships to dump waste at sea. How then is it legal for
countries to dump waste in rivers that ends up in the sea? Countries
should be fined for river
waste, with the fines going to ocean cleaning
projects or services in mitigation.
OCEAN CLEANING PROJECTS - [Left] The Cleaner Ocean Foundation was developing this versatile plastic filtrating vessel as a solution until 2020, hitting a funding brick-wall - now lobbying for a common sense ban on plastics via a 7 Point Plan. [Center] The Baltimore river skimmer has collected hundreds of tons of litter since 2014 - nice one! [Right] The Ocean Cleanup Project founded by Boyan Slat in 2012, was aiming to float 60 giant floating booms to scoop the plastic poop in the Pacific Garbage Patch. In 2019 he began operating Interceptor river skimmers. Well done Boyan!
INSHORE CLEANING PROJECTS - [Left] In the US Alex Schulze and Andrew Cooper moved offshore with their Ocean Plastic Recovery Vessel in 2019. [Centre left] Hugo Tagholm is the chief executive of Surfers Against Sewage, a British charity aimed at improving water quality. [Centre right] SeaBin is being installed in marinas all over the world helping stop litter entering the oceans. [Right] 18 year old scientist Fionn Ferreira has a method for extracting microplastics from water using magnetite, winner of a Google science prize in July 2019.
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