Every year around 10 million tonnes of pollution enter global waters. Up to 80 per cent of it originates from land and about three quarters of it are plastic wastes.
Already existing today there is more than 150 million tonnes of plastic pollution in the oceans worldwide. According to studies by the UN by the year of 2050 the weight of plastic pieces will be higher than the weight of all fish swimming in the seas .
Plastic pollution has an endurance of up to 450 years and ends up as mircoplastics (smallest particles) due to the food intake by fish, which are also a part of our food chain. With this plastic pollution in oceans is not only harming the fragile ecosystem, but especially us humans.
Around 150 million tonnes of plastic waste are circulated in the oceans, with an additional 10 million tonnes added each year. 2050, the amount of plastic in the seas could exceed the amount of fish.
Plastic waste decomposes into the smallest particles, the microplastics. An estimated 4 billion plastic particles per square kilometer are already found in the world’s oceans.
We, the environment organisation One Earth – One Ocean e.V. (oeoo), domiciled in Munich as well as offices in Kiel, Hamburg, Battambang/Cambodia, Rio/Brasil and Hong Kong, have developed a concept to remove plastic waste (but also oil and chemicals) from water bodies globally.
In autumn 2016 the launch of SeeKuh, a special catamaran developed by oeoo for the collection of plastic waste, took place.
In spring 2018, a cleaning and environmental education project started in Cambodia, which oeoo is carrying out in cooperation with the Thüringisch-Kambodschanischen-Gesellschaft e.V. and COMPED (Cambodian Education and Waste Management Organization).
Since summer of 2019, there is also a Brazilian subsidiary of oeoo in Rio. Laura’s team is carrying out cleanups of the surrounding beaches and bays, starting educational projects against plastic waste and working in cooperation with local fishermen to clean up Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic coast off Rio.
In cooperation with Schwarz Group (Lidl, Kaufland) and PT Wasteforchange Alam Indonesia (W4C), a local NGO, oeoo is launching a joint river purification project in the megacity of Bekasi on Java/Indonesia.
oeoo, together with the local initiative VeryNile and numerous volunteers, is launching a new long-term project in 2020 to clean the Nile and adjacent waters in Cairo and Luxor.
oeoo organizes regular cleanups at various locations worldwide, in which oeoo members participate as well as numerous volunteers.
For 10 months, a team of ship designers, plant technicians, environmental technicians and project developers in Kiel worked on the planning implementation of the first SeeElefant. In spring 2019, the comprehensive research and concept study for the elimination of coastal marine pollution caused by plastic waste was completed.
In january 2018, SeeKuh was on tour in Hong Kong for half a year. Asia is the region most heavily polluted with plastic waste worldwide.
The Niger Delta in Nigeria is one of the most oil-rich areas in Africa, but the landscape is regularly polluted by oil spills on the production facilities and pipelines.
It takes almost an eternity until plastic waste has been disappeared from nature. This is the basic idea of the publicity campaign (2014) of advertising agency Publicis, which drew creative attention to the problem for oeoo.
Here you get free access to several hundred current scientific studies on marine littering from all over the world.
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