The Ocean Clean Up

The Ocean Clean Up

On the 3rd of May The Ocean Clean Up announced it had raised 21.7million dollars in donations.
There is a current countdown to May 11th whereby details of the next phase will be announced. The big reveal.

This sounds very exciting but what exactly is The Ocean Clean Up?

The problem: According to their website the ocean currently has over 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in it. Marine debris, this is manmade, solid material that enters the ocean through direct littering or indirectly through rivers, streams or storm drains.  The litter varies from tins, cigarette butts, plastic, packaging, bottles, boating materials, fishing line, nets and gear. The list is endless.

The story: Started in 2015 when a young man called Byron Slat was scuba diving in Greece and was horrified at how much litter there was in the ocean. Plastic cannot clean itself up, it breaks down into tiny micro plastics and never goes away. Byron, after doing various tests, worked out that the simplest solution was to let the ocean currents bring the problem ( ‘the ocean garbage patches’) to one area and then invent the equipment to trap and break it down. He put this on a TEXvideo at a conference, it went viral and The Ocean Clean Up was born.  

Instead of nets, solid screens catch the floating plastic (also allowing the sea life to continue moving under the barrier). The plastic is slowly moved into the centre, to the V shape which is the ultimate collection extraction point. And then the recycling begins. This model has been tried and tested, it works.

Current situation today: Aerial expeditions have been working around the world doing research on where the worst areas are and quantifying how much work is needed to be done.  i.e mapping plastic from the sky.
Which brings us back to 11th May and the announcement of the next chapter.

So we all need to change behaviour. Join organisations such as The Ocean Clean Up and donate in any which way we can. We need to keep our coastal towns clean of all pollution, as they are the most susceptible to wind, moving the litter directly into our oceans. Get involved in clean ups, set an example and work together to save our oceans.  Reduce, recycle, reuse
You tube video of the The Ocean Aerial Clean Up Exhibition

Read more on the Ocean Cleanup website


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