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OceanGybe Kickstarter Campaign

OceanGybe has been hard at work on Tide Lines, the OceanGybe documentary, and we have just launched our Kickstarter Campaign. Please follow the link, watch the clip, forward to as many people as you can. One of the real rewards of the trip has been sharing our experiences with the aim of convincing people of what we have been convinced ourselves – there is no-place in the world for single-use plastic, and that we can do better. Continue reading

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Learn more about the Japanese Tsunami debris coming to BC.

March 2012 marks the one-year anniversary of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that claimed the lives of thousands. It also dumped millions of tons of debris into the ocean that is now making its way to the across the Pacific towards the NW Hawaiian Islands and the coasts of BC.  The story has been covered by almost every news channel but many have not taken the time to speak to the professional scientists looking at this. On Tues, Feb 28, you will have your chance to listen to the experts. Continue reading

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Beach Pollution Study: Waidroka, Fiji

Ryan has been in Fiji for the past week and commissioned a boat to take him to and empty beach in order to collected marine debris and see what had washed up. While he was not able to get t0 a fringing island on the windward side, he still found marine debris and plastics all over the beach. And this was inside a barrier reef !

Download the results of his garbage study here… (pdf)

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The Story of Stuff Podcast…

Annie Leonard, from The Story of Stuff, has recently started a podcast series looking at innovative solutions to reducing plastic use as well as success stories. Her first installment has just been released. She sits down with Andy Keller, of Chico Bags, and Rose Timmer, who lead the charge in Brownsville, Texas to ban plastic bags. Funny how many of us Canadian sit up here and look down, figuratively, about environmental movements in the lower US. Here Texas (Texas, seriously ? ) is making more appropriate steps to reduce plastic pollution than Vancouver. Vancouver, a city which plans to the Greenest City in the WORLD by 2020. Maybe we need to look down to see how we too can change…

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Volvo Ocean Race and Marine Debris

The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier around-the-world sailing race. Professional teams, comprising of the worlds best sailors and manufacturers, put everything into trying to win the elite Volvo Ocean Race title. Covering approximately 72 000km’s over 10 months, this is not a race for the faint of heart. Yet, despite the billions of dollars spend on the Volvo Ocean Race, these technological miracles of sailboats are still just as vanable to marine debris as anyone else. Currently, the boats are in the staits of Malacca and witnessing some of the marine debris we saw on Khulula as we sailed through Indonesian waters. Continue reading

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Plastic Debris on Beach Traps Turtles.

Christmas Island is an Australian island, which lies just east of Cocos Keeling and just west of Bali, Indonesia. After all the pollution we found on the island of Cocos Keeling (click here), it was not suprising to see this footage of baby turtles getting stuck in the large pieces of plastic debris that have washed up on the beaches of Christmas Island.

Click more below to see the clip… Continue reading

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Charles Moore coming to Vancouver ! Free tickets…

Plastic Ocean: An Evening with Scientist and TED Lecturer Captain Charles Moore

Prominent seafaring environmentalist, researcher, and TED lecturer Captain Charles Moore shares his shocking discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, and inspires a fundamental rethinking of the Plastic Age and a growing global health crisis.

In the summer of 1997, Charles Moore set sail from Honolulu with the sole intention of returning home after competing in a trans-Pacific race. To get to California, he and his crew took a shortcut through the seldom-traversed North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a vast “oceanic desert” where winds are slack and sailing ships languish. There, Moore realized his catamaran was surrounded by a “plastic soup.” He had stumbled upon the largest garbage dump on the planet – a spiral nebula where plastic outweighed zooplankton, the ocean’s food base, by a factor of six to one.

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OceanGybe Presentation in Victoria

The OceanGybe crew are coming to Victoria ! As part of the Blue Water Cruising Club’s monthly lecture series at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, the OceanGybe team will be telling their story of circumnavigating the globe by sailboat tonight. By combining an hour long high quality photographic slide show with an educational and inspiring PowerPoint presentation, the OceanGybe team hopes to inspire you to follow your dreams and also reduce your use of disposable plastics at the same time.

Details: Jan 17th, 7:30pm, Royal Victoria Yacht Club, 3475 Ripon Road,  $5 for members, $10 for non-members

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Big Wild Buck$ – We need your vote…

Big Wild Bucks is a on-line environmental public-voting grant system founded by The Big Wild.org.  Big Wild Bucks offers $10,000 in funding for education and conservation programs around Canada and, this year, OceanGybe was selected to be on of the finalists. We need YOUR vote. Please check the website here, and vote for OceanGybe.

The Big Wild is a conservation movement that makes it easy for you to stand up for wilderness protection campaigns by harnessing the power of the internet to display public opinion on conservation issues. Check out their website here…

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Indonesian Islanders Try to Turn the Tide Against Trash

A great article about plastic trash in Indonesia – one of the most polluted places we visited on our tour around the world. Great out-of-the-box thinking by one of the world’s poorest nations…

Indonesian Islanders Try to Turn the Tide Against Trash

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