Concrete action against marine pollution

Polluted, yes, though the oceans have not been abandoned. Street surfers who clean the oceans, the “7th Continent Expedition” schooner and “Manta” waste collection ships, let’s discover these citizen initiatives, among many others, fighting marine pollution.

Thabo and Mokete are street surfers. Every day, these two unemployed residents of Johannesburg collect recyclable products they find in their city, in exchange for remuneration. They thus prevent a great deal of waste ending up in the ocean! Driving their flatbed trolleys, they criss-cross the town and seem to be surfing along the streets! To be discovered in images…

Plastic won’t get through here. In any case, not on board the “Manta” of the Sea Cleaners association! This revolutionary high-seas vessel collects “in large quantities and as close as possible to sources of pollution, plastic macro-waste dumped into the oceans, before it degrades or disappears into the depths, permanently polluting the entire marine eco-system which absorbs the toxic substance released”. An initiative undertaken by Yvan Bourgnon who, confronted by pollution on his ocean races, decided to take action.

Understanding and telling others about the extent of plastic pollution in order to reduce it and preserve the planet is the mission of the “7th Continent Expedition” schooner. Its sea expeditions combining scientific, educational and media expertise aim to study the phenomenon and, back on land, make us more aware of this environmental emergency. Follow on-line while waiting for its stopover near you…

Does this initiative mean anything to you? It’s possible… In fact, for two years now, the port has had the pleasure of welcoming, on the occasion of its annual celebration in June, the sailboat of the Sea Plastics student association, which also provides data on micro-plastics and raises public awareness.