ALL ABOUT BLUE GROWTH
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WHALECOME! This website is ALL ABOUT BLUE GROWTH. Our Foundation is dedicated to assisting individuals and Governments who care about and wish to grow their blue economy for a sustainable future world where there could be food security and clean energy abundance for all regardless of geographical or political boundaries.
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We are a totally independent think tank, helping by sharing ideas and information - and developing concepts where appropriate. The starting point is that we know more about the Moon than our oceans - we have just skimmed the surface in the struggle to come to terms with global warming, plastic pollution and food security.
We live in a society where cleaning up our mess is an afterthought rather than an integrated element of a plan before we do something. That is why we have ocean pollution and global warming. If there had been a plan before we started using plastics, or burning fossil fuels like there was no tomorrow, we'd have known what we were doing and how to avoid the mess we are in right now.
We should have worked on containing our waste and limiting fossil fuel use from day one, as a precondition to such use as responsible custodians of planet earth. We didn't.
What are we doing about it? Good question. The COP 25 cop-out tells us that powerful world leaders are not listening, no matter how much marching climate unrest provokes, or how serious the bushfire problem in Australia. What we need is for those nations who do care, to pass new international legislation to make harming the planet a criminal offence with harsh penalties.
It matters not to us how ocean cleaning is achieved, so long as it is achieved. In 2019 we fit out an energy harvesting test rig to our Ford Transit support vehicle as a start, for completion in 2020 funds permitting. Fingers crossed for more understanding in the coming years. Fingers crossed for common sense in 2020 and for protests leading to change.
ABOUT OUR BLUE GROWTH A-Z - We are just one of literally hundreds of concerns doing their best to promote Blue Growth around the world, with a target Circular Economy firmly embedded as the driver. There are so many organizations involved in this worthy cause that it is sometimes difficult to see at a glance where the initiatives are in place and where more attention is needed.
That is why we thought it helpful to have an A to Z index of the projects that are taking place, planned for the future, or have taken place as examples of progress. It is also helpful to us to know who our potential international partners are. We only started compiling our Index in May of 2017, but we hope that by this time next year to have a comprehensive listing of contributors to blue growth and the current state of the art.
WILDLIFE IN TROUBLE - We took over the SeaVax project from Bluebird Marine to add to our other projects to help combat plastic in our oceans. We are not supported by any Government or Non-Governmental initiatives, grants or other contributions such as the G7 Challenge or Horizon 2020 calls for proposals, mainly because we know from previous H2020 applications that these calls and challenges would most likely preclude us, or are so expensive to apply for that we could not afford to take the chance and waste our limited resources in applying. We are thus working on crowd funding stages that we will release in advance of any previous call for project funding being near to completion. As and when we succeed with the targets that we set ourselves, it will not be because of any politician that you have voted for, it will be because you decided to cut out the middle man and contribute to our work directly. Please only give what you can afford, just as our volunteers only work as and when they can.
A VAST RESOURCE - The ocean is a vast underutilized resource in terms of energy generation now over fished to to the point of stagnation to feed a growing world population as land is being absorbed to build on for housing and factories, so reducing agricultural potential. In short, we are exhausting our natural resources in order of ease - for maximum profits - a short term strategy. It is easier for us to take all the fish and minerals we can in the short term and fill the ocean with waste and not worry about the consequences today. But what about tomorrow?
The use of single use plastic for packaging is just one horrifying example of major stakeholders using the most convenient means to get their product to market, while ocean literate policy makers watch marine life suffer as they grapple with ways to juggle economics and morals, praying for a miracle as they work out their terms of office.
The subject is expansive, where the following sectors are considered by most organizations to be of considerable importance. We will be focusing our attentions on these areas in order of environmental value, in the hope of divining a path to accelerate blue growth sustainably. You may appreciate that harmful exploitation of the sea is also to be addressed and discouraged. We want jobs and wealth generation in circular economy fashion:
PERSISTENT MONITORING - Machines like the Pilot SeaVax concept above provide sufficient energy to sample the marine environment continuously, also able to transport the sensors and sampling equipment anywhere in the world without using fossil fuels. The head of this machine can be raised out of the water during transit, and lowered to 8 meters to sample microplastics on the seafloor or riverbeds. It is possible to design a head to travel to greater depths, but this will require additional R&D.
Although we have shown this equipment as part of the Pilot concept, once completed, heads like this could be fitted to other suitably equipped research vessels.
If the plastic bag tax from supermarkets were to be diverted to this kind of research, we'd be funded overnight. Sadly, the 5p charge goes to all kinds of other good causes : ( We cannot complain about that, but wonder how it was that where the money that is raised on plastic, does not actually target plastic research. A missed opportunity on the part of the legislature for sure. Why not tax cigarette butts and give the money raised to knitting classes, instead of cancer research.
SIX STEPS TOWARD A COOLER PLANET
1. TRANSPORT: Phase out polluting vehicles. Governments aims to end the sale of new petrol, and diesel vehicles by 2040 but have no infrastructure plan to support such ambition. Marine transport can be carbon neutral.
2. RENEWABLES: Renewable energy should replace carbon-based fuels (coal, oil and gas) in our electricity, heating and transport.
3. HOUSING: On site micro or macro generation is the best option, starting with new build homes.
4. AGRICULTURE: We need trees to absorb carbon emissions from a growing population, flying, and to build new homes. Reducing food waste and promoting less energy intensive eating habits such as no meat Mondays.
5. INDUSTRY: Factories should be aiming for solar heating and onsite renewable energy generation.
6. POLITICS: - National governing bodies need to adopt rules to eliminate administrative wastages, to include scaling down spending on war machines, educating the public and supporting sustainable social policies that mesh with other cultures.
GRETA THUNBERG - is a Swedish climate activist. At the COP24 climate talks in Poland, Decembel 2018, Miss Thunberg addressed the Secretary-General of the United Nations. She received a standing ovation for one of her talks. She is behind the global school strike created to call attention to climate change. She is a rebel. With a cause. Thunberg is 15 and autistic and the newest, youngest and most powerful voice on the world stage demanding the world address global warming. Go Greta!
'Blue Growth' success, like any tall structure, depends on solid foundations. At the moment the ecological foundations of our oceans are crumbling from man-made pollution, to include plastic, chemical spills and acidification. The tragedy that was Deepwater Horizon is just one of a long list of examples of what poor management, focused only on short term profits will achieve. Many countries have been treating our oceans like one giant garbage dump and some still are because they may not appreciate the enormity of the clean up challenge. We simply must shun such anti-social behaviour.
We need to start thinking long-term with an emphasis on "planning" for a sustainable future rather than reacting to problems as they crop up and trying to fix our foul ups retrospectively. We also need to learn how to walk before we can run. We are the only organization developing a system that removes micro plastics without harming marine organisms. We are also experimenting with zero carbon hulls that could pave the way for pollution free shipping of the future.
DEMAND RECYCLING OF PLASTICS - BY WAY OF RESPONSIBLE WASTE MANAGEMENT
One area that everyone can help with is to say NO to single use plastic for the packaging and selling of foods. Another way you can help to reduce airborne pollution is to drive an electric car. That way noxious gases that cause acid rain could be reduced in the switch to clean, renewable energy. You can also lobby your local officials and members of your Government to adopt more sustainable policies. Most informed world leaders appreciate the problems we are facing, but need your support and any helpful suggestions as to change to get things done.
ALL FISHED OUT - A recent United Nations study reported that more than two-thirds of the world's fisheries have collapsed or are currently being over fished. Much of the remaining one third is in a state of decline due to habitat degradation from pollution and climate change. Escalating amounts of point and non-point pollution continue to threaten water quality and fish habitat. Yet, the human population consumes over 100 million metric tons of fish annually and more than 25% of the world’s dietary protein is provided by fish.
DWINDLING FISH STOCKS - Food security is a major problem the world will have to face as the available land for to grow crops reduces in competition with land for housing, as the population expands. The situation is far from sustainable and a bubble that will burst. When the bubble bursts it will cause the deaths of millions of people, where additional farming will create more carbon dioxide to heat the climate, making more land barren in a vicious circle that we must take steps to prevent happening.
Around 10% of the world (700,000,000 million people) rely on the ocean for food, but in addition to our poor land management record, we are also polluting the seven seas with plastic that is toxic - so reducing the number of fish that we might harvest for food. Aquaculture, is seen as the savior for fish supply, but fish farming is dependent on ocean and land derived feeds, hence is more of an icing quick fix than a really tasty cake.
OCEAN CONDITIONER - This vessel is designed to operate in fleets to target sea-borne waste before it settles on the ocean floor where nobody can recover it. There is nothing like it in existence today, though thankfully, other ideas for trapping plastic waste are being developed in tandem, such as that of Boyan Slat and the Seabin.
We hope to be able to continue with our research and development of SeaVax so that if we are unable to manufacture them ourselves that third party operators may do so with the support of continued R&D and other technical backup. To this end we are continuing to improve our facilities for the next round of experiments through 2018.
SPONSORS: This website is sponsored by the Cleaner Ocean Foundation, Climate Change Trust, Bluebird Marine Systems (who were funded by Avaaz in 2016) and many other contributors too many to mention here. Collectively, our supporters are dedicated to growing the blue economy for the good of mankind and for our children who will inherit what we leave behind.
BLOCKER - The opposite of blue growth and something that is a serious menace is the accumulating mountain of toxic plastic under the sea where we cannot see it. The only evidence of this for landlubbers is coastal pollution on our shores that we only see on holiday and in the occasional media article and soon forget as we return to our office desks and factories. In the main these are single use plastics made for our short term convenience - without regard to the long term consequences.
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