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Amazing Surface Current Visualization from NASA

WOW! This video shows the surface currents from 2005 – 2007
Science is beautiful.

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4 days to go in the Kickstarter campaign

We’ve blown past our goal, lets keep it going til Friday! Tide Lines in going to happen, with your support we’ll be able to reach more people and keep that much more plastic out of the ocean. There are still great rewards for backers.

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Oceangybe participates in Downstream: Reimagining Water

Yesterday Bryson and Hugh were honoured to participate in the Downstream: Reimagining Water workshop at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. It was inspiring to hear such a variety of perspectives on, well, water. We are often isolated in our learning and sharing, so when such a disparate group of thinkers come together, the genesis of ideas is amazing. There were excellent perspectives on our interaction with water from Cecilia Chen, Janine Macleod, Astrida Neimanis

Michael Blackstock shared his ground breaking perspective on research and Blue Ecology . Rita Wong and Dorothy Christian discussed how to Re-Story Water. Basia Irland shared with us a snapshot of her art work“receding/reseeding”. Every speaker was equally inspiring and the relevance of their separate work seen together was all the more apparent.

We were lucky enough to be on a panel with acclaimed science writer Alana Mitchell who had a unique and inspiring perspective on the next direction of the human race and UBC marine botanist Paul Harrison convinced me to eat less meat to do my part for the worlds oceans.

Thanks to Rita Wong for organising such a great conference.

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WeRecycle! MetroVan's newest iPhone app.

This is excellent progress, and so wonderful to see the city leading the charge in directing more waste destined for the landfills towards an new life. Download and install this on your phone and remove the last excuse not to recycle EVERYTHING you can!

The app is called WeRecycle – weRecycle makes it easier for you to donate or recycle just about anything within the Metro Vancouver region. All you do is enter a material. weRecycle will use the iPhone’s current location to populate a map with locations that accept it. Users can check facility details to find out what else is accepted at that location, the type of services offered, hours of operation and contact information.


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50% of our goal on the Tide Lines Kickstarter Campaign !

We just raised 50% of our total goal in one week. Al_x just pushed us over the midway mark ! The whole OceanGybe Tide Lines team is over the moon with all the support we have been receiving – a HUGE thank you to everyone who has pledged, linked, talked about and generally broadcast our Kickstarter Campaign !

However, we are still only halfway so still working at it.  Hugh has a new update in the works – check back for it tomorrow. Andrew, Arwen and all the incredible folks involved in producing Tide Lines are hard at work in basements, lofts and small dark rooms watching hours and hours of OceanGybe footage, picking the gems from the rough, polishing them, and placing them in exactly the right spot ! Thanks again to everyone and lets keep the momentum going !

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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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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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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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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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We need your help to pick the title of the Oceangybe film coming this spring. Take a second to vote…

Check out the poll here:

http://www.facebook.com/OceanGybe?sk=wall

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