Roughly 2.86 BILLION plastic bags are used anually in Canada, that is an average of 200 per person. Victoria is attempting to completely remove the option of inserting single used plastic bags into the hands of the consumer, a move that will hopefully set a precedent for other large cities in Canada.
We were honored to contribute to Dr. Hideshige Takada International Pellet Watch program throughout our trip. He has written a summary of his research and why it is so important. http://www.oceanhealthindex.org/News/Microplastics
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Photographer/Artist Michael JP Hall took his entanglement project to the streets of Vancouver this past weekend http://vimeo.com/63225640
Thanks to the classes of Mrs. Dixon and Mrs. Shomura at Henry Hudson today for being so enthusiastic during Hugh’s presentation for the educational portion of the Debridement Project with Community Arts Vancouver and the Vancouver Maritime Museum. http://www.cacv.ca/announcing-the-debridement-project
For those who are wondering when there Kickstarter rewards are and when they may be arriving, don’t dispair – they are on their way. Pictures are printed, t-shirts, music and hoodies are in the mail and flying all over this blue planet as we speak – let us know if yours doesn’t arrive !
Also, we have an update from Andrew Naysmith, who is editting and building up the TideLines movie. From the rough edits we have seen, he is doing an incredible job and we are just as excited as all of you to see the final product – see below: Continue reading
Local activist, chef, ideas man and friend of Oceangybe Hunter Moyes has a brilliant project to pair conscious consumers with forward thinking restaurants. http://thetiffinproject.com provides people with reusable take-out containers that give discounts and perks at participating eateries. Nice one!
WOW! This video shows the surface currents from 2005 – 2007
Science is beautiful.
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…
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