FLO 027 - Seaside Cliffs

September 13, 2018

The view of blue sea is calming and inspirational for man. It always has been. Sea has been providing us with resources since the dawn of man.

 

The majority of Earth's population has always been living by the seas. Our relationship to the big water is symbiotic.

 

If you take a look at the bottom of this spectacular bay, you will notice an ugly patch of debris that has gathered here.

 

Unlike on land, where debris can be isolated and collected, sea debris will flow even thousands of miles with the currents, spread, then congregate in country-size patches out in open waters - or in remote corners of the world, such as this beautiful bay. 

 

See, how easy it is to admit that water pollution is truly a global problem? And a serious one too!


SO WHAT CAN YOU DO?

 

We stated multiple times that mass tourism produces mass debris everywhere. But mass tourism may be responsible for only a fraction of all the plastic waste produced by industrial and urban areas. A great portion of plastic waste is dumped into rivers and canals, ending up in the seas. As ocean currents flow, there are specially endangered corners in the world where debris coming from even other continents pile up in unsustainable amounts. 

 

The biggest pile of such is the North Pacific Gyre in the Pacific Ocean. Unimaginable amount of plastic waste is floating in circles there. If anything, this is truly a global issue. 

 

If you think the problem is just too big for you to grasp, get to know Boyan Slat, a 24-year-old Dutch engineer who alone decided to put an end to this madness and clean up the Pacific waste. He quit his aerospace engineering studies, launched The Ocean Cleanup Foundation and raised more than 30 million USD to start clean up our collective mess, deploying the first mission in September 2018. The plan is to take 50% of that continental-sized debris back on shore in the next 5 years where it can be recycled.

 

30 million dollars is a tiny amount for Boyan to achieve his goal, so please learn more about The Ocean Cleanup project (www.theoceancleanup.com) and support them here:

www.theoceancleanup.com/fund/

 
'Dive Against Debris' is a fantastic project calling all divers to bring up any debris they encounter. Check out their site:

https://www.projectaware.org/diveagainstdebris

 

If you're not a diver but wish to help their work, please donate here:

https://netdonor.net/page/17238/donate/1

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