Ocean Clean Up!

Plastics have revolutionized modern life, and helped us in uncountable ways. Unfortunately, they also cause a lot of damage in the world. One of the big problems caused by plastic is the pollution of our oceans. Millions of tons of plastic garbage is floating in the sea, causing a lot of damage to wildlife when they get tangled or try to eat it. This problem has existed for decades, but it’s been reaching critical levels lately.

Fortunately, there are good people working to end this problem!

Norwegian billionaire Kjell Inge Rokke has announced a plan to fund a 600 ft (182 m) long yacht dedicated to ocean research and health. The REV (Research Expedition Vessel) will have a trash collection system able to collect 5 tons of garbage a day! It will also have sensors for collecting data, two aerial drones, and and underwater vehicle for exploration and research.

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The vessel will be managed by World Wildlife Foundation Norway, and will be staffed with dozens of scientists. It’s in the planning stages and should be ready to sail in 2020. I can’t wait to see this cool ship in action. πŸ™‚

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Another project dedicated to this problem is The Ocean Cleanup. Started in 2013 and headed by founder Boyan Slat, this organization has been testing methods of garbage collecting on the high seas. Thanks to investors who raised $21 million dollars, they plan to have a large-scale system in place sometime during 2018. They have the ambitious goal of clearing out half of the massive Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years, which is a HUGE undertaking but would kick butt if they could pull it off. πŸ™‚

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You can stay up-to-date on their progress here!

And for an example of clean up on a smaller, more personal scale, there’s the inspiring story of Pukka Travel’s coastal cleanup day. This 2017 expedition featured four boats carrying 50 volunteers around a section of Norwegian coast, where they collected trash from the beaches and coastline. After only 3 hours, they had rid the ocean of 1400 kg (~3000 lbs) of garbage!

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Check out some gorgeous photos of this expedition here. This is a really cool idea, and I would love to be part of something like this. πŸ™‚

The state of our precious oceans is worrying, but it’s so good to know that there are some people and organizations out there working on the problem. It seems that the solution will likely come from individuals instead of governments, so I hope that these efforts continue to grow. We CAN clean up our planet and make a difference!

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7 thoughts on “Ocean Clean Up!

  1. Amazing post! I’ve seen so many beautiful places full of garbage, especially plastic. Everybody should start minimizing the use of it. My nephew was using plastic straws everyday. I convinced him to stop. It is not a huge thing but if everybody starts to change their habits, it would be better. ☺️

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  2. This is awesome. I’m glad some innovative people are trying to resolve this issue.
    I don’t feel like I do much, but I try to reduce waste by recycling and composting whenever possible. I love the convienance of k- cups, so I pay extra for the compostable ones on Amazon. I think if everyone takes small steps it can make a difference

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  3. This is cool! Very often you read environmental posts written with sad mood. This one is actually written in a positive way. Important for people to feel motivated! Initiatives mentioned in the posts are commendable. What is lacking is governmental or inter-governmental actions. Issues of such mega scale also need solutions to that scale. Once again good post!

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