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AUGUST 2022 - Climate change is causing misery in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, with the Sargasso Sea producing colossal sargassum blooms of 22 millions tons this year, an increase over 18 million tons in 2021. It would take a fleet of 300 specially adapted SeaVax machines, operating at a speed of one load per hour, to deal with such quantities. Clearly, that is not going to happen, where the world would not pay to clean the ocean of plastic, using the similar fleet logistics. The only sparkle on the brown tinged horizon is that sargassum can be a cash crop. Even so, the sums being bandied about don't come close to managing this crisis. We would though recommend a study, to see if a commercial business plan may be an equitable proposition.

 

 

 

 

       World Ocean Summit 9th annual virtual - Achieving 2030 targets

 

 

ISLAND INNOVATION SUMMIT 26 SEPTEMBER 2ND OCTOBER 2022.        THE ECONOMIST HOSTED THE 9TH WORLD OCEAN SUMMIT - 1-4 MARCH 2022. 

 

 

HELP US LOBBY FOR A CHANGE IN THE LAW - WITH OUR 7SEVEN POINT PLASTIC PLAN

 

Lobbying for preventative change where existing plastic policies are damaging our oceans, is as important as the development of after-event clean up technology - and cheaper. 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?

 

Governments may also wish to factor in the fertilizer world shortage, and cost of living crisis into their thinking. And the industrial cocktail of heavy metals and nitrates, leaching from factories into the sea.

 

Seafood is becoming more poisonous as it becomes more carcinogenic, from ingesting carcinogenic plastics raising cancer rates in humans and overburdening our health services. Whaling will have to be re-instated to make up for lost fish protein. Or, we could eat each other! Perhaps starting with the leaders who engendered the climate crisis, bankers, corrupt civil servants, and finally irresponsible industrialists. The electorate would be (literally) living off the fat of the land.

 

Where it appears too late to prevent the mess we have created, we desperately need an International Agreement like MARPOL, to stop the flow of plastic from rivers into the sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could Xi Jinping be the first plastic free President of China ?

 

 

 

 

Joe Biden could be the first Plastic Free President of the USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OCEAN HEALTH - We have high hopes that the most powerful world leaders will be pushing to secure fish health as part of their food security plans.  For consideration see our 7Seven Point Plastic Plan. All focus on the Yangtze.

 

 

HIGH HOPES FOR THE USA - Plastic production disproportionately affects low-income and Indigenous peoples by polluting their air, water, and soil. How about the Hudson Mr President.

 

 

PLASTIC FREE INDIA - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been campaigning for a plastic free India for many years. The great River Ganges (Mother Ganga) is one heck of a place to begin a cleanup.

 

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#Could Angela Merkel be the first plastic free Chancellor of Germany ?

 

 

 

 

Could Emmanuel Macron be the first plastic free President of France ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE RHINE - Germany's signature river is extremely polluted. It needed Mutti's help. Chancellor Merkel, vacated in favour of Olaf Scholz. If the UN adopt our plastic trading system, the Rhine might once again shine. 

 

PLASTIC FREE FRANCE - Monsieur le Président Emmanuel Macron is looking to clean up the river Seine and banning washing machines without filters as indicators that he wants to beat ocean pollution.

 

BRITISH CONTENDER - He should have been concerned, where England has one of the filthiest rivers in the world, in the River Thames. We wonder how Queen Elizabeth might feel about this Dirty Bertie, now resigned?

 

 

 

 

Please write to your MP, Senator, Prime Minister, President, Queen or King, 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. Make your leaders care as an election issue, where votes count.

ARTICLES

 

1. Supermarket packaging transformation (back) to paper predominantly
2. Glass bottles, metal cans, waxed cartons over plastic, unless genuinely biodegradable 
3. Monitoring rivers and strict enforcement against micro-fiber spillages from treatment plants
4. Trackers for fishing nets and strict enforcement for dumping, unless accidents reported
5. Recycling of plastic to 95% with controlled incineration of 5% non-reusable elements, banks
6. Filtration on domestic machines to remove microfibres from clothing
7. Introduction of plastic credit (incentives) trading scheme to drive the clean up

 

We must encourage and help such endeavours until equilibrium is reached. THIS WILL BE A BEGINNING.

 

 

Kulo Luna is a humpback whale who sinks a pirate whaling ship

 

 

CREATIVE CAMPAIGNS - The Cleaner Ocean Foundation are backing a trilogy of ocean awareness scripts, featuring a hydrogen powered ship as part of the adventures of conservationist: John Storm.

 

Cleopatra The Mummy, ocean awareness adventure on a zero  emission ship

 

 

POPULAR TITLES - From the Amazon to the Nile, the adventures of John Storm promote zero emission sailing, with an underwater theme, based on real historical events, mixed with cutting edge advances in science.

 

 

STUDY 6 AUG 2020

 

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.

 

Surface patrols don't exist at present and funding is not available, for solutions on the table, where UN member nations bank on abusing nature to nurture profits, always taking us to the brink.

 

We should be aiming for at least 99% recycling to achieve a sustainable society.

 

 

 

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 your local MP, ending with the G20. A growing number of corporations are now pushing for a sustainable economy.

 

We all need to think about changing to a circular economy with food security and sustainable recycling of waste as hard points, but also cleaning up the mess we have created.

 

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.

 

 

INDUSTRY

 

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 cooling stability.

 

 

 

 

 

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."

 

 

 

GOVERNMENTS

 

Governments might revise their policies, to accept responsibility for their dumping of waste in the ocean. 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, like these bad boys below.

 

  

  

      

 

ASIA APRIL 2022 - The Clearbot-Neo is a harbour boat that cleans up to 1 ton of trash a day, using onboard AI and Microsoft's Aure cloud based software. The team hope to expand from one catamaran to many thousands, to operate in fleets, to keep oceans clean.

 

 

 

 Ocean plastic cleaning dustcart   Mr Trash, Baltimore harbor water wheel powered river skimmer   Boyan Slat posing with ocean plastic

 

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!

 

 

 

Alex Schulze and Andrew Cooper's 4Ocean plastic cleaning project  SeaBin shore based marina cleaning system Fionn Ferreira

 

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. Well done all!

 

WORLD WIDE PROJECTS TO RID US OF OCEAN PLASTIC WASTE

 

 

 

 

 

JVH2 - Jules Verne Hydrogen Trophy - World Hydrogen Challenge

 

 

ABS - BIOMAGNIFICATION - CANCER - CARRIER BAGS - COTTON BUDS - DDT - FISHING NETS - HEAVY METALS - MARINE LITTER - MICROBEADS

MICRO PLASTICS - NYLON - OCEAN GYRES - OCEAN WASTE -  PACKAGING - PCBS - PET - PETROLEUM - PLASTIC - PLASTICS -  POLYCARBONATE

POLYOLEFINS - POLYPROPYLENE - POLYSTYRENE - POLYTHENE - POPS PVC - SHOES - SINGLE USE - SOUP - STRAWS - WATER

 

 

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WORLD WIDE PROJECTS TO RID US OF OCEAN PLASTIC WASTE