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AWARENESS CAMPAIGN - Kulo Luna is a humpback whale that gets caught in ghost nets, as one example of a magnificent animal that is at the mercy of human activity. Humans are for the most part unaware of the harm their fast-lane lifestyles are causing. We aim to change that by doing all we can to promote ocean literacy.
WHAT IS OCEAN LITERACY?
citizens on planet earth are not aware of the full extent of the medical, economic, social, political and environmental importance of the sea, to
their well-being. Many of us are not aware of how our day-to-day actions can have a cumulative effect on the health of the ocean – a necessary resource that must be protected for all life on
our blue planet
This is important because we use the oceans as a dumping ground for litter and other effluent in the belief that we are doing nothing wrong. Would you like to live in the disease of a landfill site.
What is interesting is that it is illegal for a ship to dump waste at sea under the United Nations International Convention Marine Pollution 1978 law (MARPOL), but not illegal for a country to discharge waste into the oceans via their rivers - without any penalty at all. A river is a conveyor belt that deposits waste from land to the sea.
That cannot be right. Surely, our Heads of State have the same duties as a Captain of a Ship, not to cause pollution of the oceans.
HORIZON 2020 has allocated funding for two projects to boost ocean literacy:
1. Sea Change aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.
2. Responseable encourages Europeans to take a closer interest in their oceans and to treat them with greater respects and understanding.
Other projects also contribute to ocean literacy such as:
3. The European Atlas of the Seas which is an easy and fun way for professionals, students and anyone interested to learn more about Europe's seas and coasts, their environment, related human activities and European policies. It was developed to raise awareness of Europe's oceans and seas, in the context of the EU's integrated maritime policy.
VINYL WRAP - This is one suggested starting point for the artwork to be improved on before this historic Volkswagen is wrapped in vinyl.
A project that was under development in 2019 (subject to funding/sponsorship) was the Miss Ocean literacy tour (target) that would have focused on ocean issues - working with Mister Ocean in tandem to promote knowledge of our seas and marine life with Android and iOS games as free downloads and if backing was sufficient, a 3D virtual reality underwater experience. It never came to pass.
CIRCUMNAVIGATION STUDY - As part of our ocean awareness drive, we are conducting a 'blue-sky' study to reveal if the current world record might be challenged by the Elizabeth Swan. Such an expedition could provide useful research in the fight against climate change. Of equal importance, is using such a design, but modified to run on hydrogen. It sounds feasible, except that there are no ports offering hydrogen bunkering in 2021.
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INDEPENDENT HENDERSON ISLAND - Beaches of a remote British island in the South Pacific are littered with an estimated 37.7 million pieces of plastic, scientists have discovered.
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