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FOR OUR CHILDREN - European Maritime Day: The children of Burgas present Alberto Laplaine Guimarães with a gift from the Bulgarian City. Sustainable growth and aims for a circular economy are for our children and their children, and their children, and their children - lest we forget why we are working to clean our act up. As trustees of planet earth we should hand the world to our successors in better shape than we found it. Copyright © photograph June 1 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation.
There are a number of organizations that exist to promote world peace and societal projects for the good of mankind. These include the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and many smaller concerns that grant aid suitable projects. In addition there are incentives by most countries to promote clean energy and blue growth.
Each nation making such efforts may not know or rely on their own efforts such that a coordinated global attack on ocean pollution is the result - and that is what we hope world leaders will agree is needed for such an assault on the plastic that threatens to convert our oceans into a toxic poly-slurry where fish are poisonous to humans.
CLIMATE ACTIVIST - Greta Thunberg is a 15 year old schoolgirl who knows more about climate change than the United Nations. That is not quite true, but she knows that we have to act now and stop talking about acting. Hence, she knows more in practical terms. Because Greta has no investments in fossil fuels she can see clearly. Once finance and investments comes into play - as with most politicians - they develop climate myopia (Climopia). This is a disease that lodges in the brain and makes the eyes see what the bankers and industrialists want them to see. Climopia prevents politicians from acting to save future generations, where all they can think about is their wallets and the bank accounts of existing stakeholders, ignoring the future of their children. Miss Thunberg wants the media to tell it straight and tell if more often so as to help politicians with Climopia think and see clearly. Two politicians with serious advanced Climopia are Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. The diagnosis for this pair of dinosaurs is Criminal Climopia. Apparently, the richer you are the more myopic you outlook. A proximity to oil wells and burgers also has an effect - both of course major contributors to global warming.
THE UNITED NATIONS
They have as yet not identified any means of ridding the oceans of plastic waste that would constitute an Action Plan, save for the proposed tagging of nets, but without an effective recovery plan, or system.
The G20 members of the UN have turned their back on plastic in the ocean, concentrating on land waste reductions that stand little chance of significantly reducing the 8 million ton ingress each year to add to the gyre soup. That of course leaves millions of tons of plastic in the oceans, to fend for itself, an utterly irresponsible approach borne of economic chaos and rising national debts, from unsustainable borrowing.
In 2019 the G7 members pledged $20 million each for ocean plastic research, none of which will go toward cleaning operations under present funding rules.
Each year the UN hold all party meetings to tackle such issues called Conferences Of the Parties: COPs. These include
Despite such meetings the UN has been unable to halt global warming and desertification, telling us that world politics is not working for planet earth, but working for kleptocratic companies, directors and CEOs that in reality call the shots. Oil companies are probably the biggest of climate polluters, at $2.8 billion dollars a day income, to fund climate deniers. What hope then to prevent Armageddon taking hold.
That is one reason our Foundation will almost certainly never receive funding. Because, we tell it like it is. Gas, oil and coal conglomerates cannot afford for any of the traditional research funding streams, to reach us. Or, close the curtains on their exploitation of mother earth - that much sooner.
DESERTIFICATION COP HISTORY
CLIMATE CHANGE COP HISTORY
THE PLASTIC MENACE
One of the main issues to recognise and overcome is not taking plastic out of the ocean, but cutting through umpteen levels of bureaucracy, multiplied by 20 countries. We would spend more time negotiating with each country to get the bureaucrats to agree on levels of contribution, then on how to deal with the problem, than actually dealing with the problem.
One possible solution that we were proposing in 2019, was to create an Ocean Alliance against plastic, specifically to target the build up of associated problems for our next generations and cut through the red tape to get to the blue tape.
By coordinating world efforts cost effectively we may speed up the development of potential solutions. Administrative delays are the enemy of progress, only normally cut through in times of war.
This is a proposal that is designed to reduce the cost of our administration, where applying for grants from different groups is sapping our efforts. This is because most application processes are complicated and time consuming, with significant delays between calls and funding - and of course - no guarantee of success. We might skip over much of the red-tape by asking countries directly for contributions for membership to an Ocean Alliance. We called this the blue tape method.
Unfortunately, this was wasted effort on our part, abandoned in 2021, after five long years of lobbying and technology development, that seriously depleted our funds. We are now concerned that climate warming is out of control, after successive COP FLOP conferences, and the failure of the G20 to stop burning coal to produce electricity. We believe that failure of the parties to address the situation, is effectively, the beginning of the end.
RED FLAG POLITICS - This is a political strategy where you say one thing and mean another. The aim being to do all one can to avoid change, even where it is needed to protect millions of species, including homo sapiens.
We share one ocean and one planet. There is no Planet B and there is no Ocean B. We may care to think otherwise, but in the greatest technical challenge we have yet faced as brothers and sisters of planet earth there are no borders. What neighbor countries trash today is your pollution problem tomorrow, and what you fail to clean up today as responsible parents is our children's legacy for generations to come.
With plastic being a toxin carrier and bio-amplifier in the food chain, we can expect that people ingesting fish exposed to marine plastic will be that much more likely to suffer cancer related problems in life, with follow on costs to the health services of contributor nations.
The unique quality of humans is our ability to reason and be reasonable. Provided that the main industrial players in the world accept that plastic production and usage is linked to Gross Domestic Product, it is reasonable to expect that those with most to gain from ocean research and regeneration might want to contribute what they can afford.
We know that world leaders will consider it unfair if they are asked to contribute more than other nations, but would also expect that each nations should match fund any coordinated efforts of this nature. Funding need only continue until SeaVax reaches break even point, at which stage members might expect to benefit from ongoing operations without any cost of membership attaching if they elect to operate their own fleets on a free-license basis.
OCEAN ACTION PLAN - ASPIRATIONAL THINKING Vs RED FLAG BLOCKING
The World needs to aspire to something like an Ocean Action Plan to coordinate the efforts of member nations that in turn will benefit each other as the oceans move from one shoreline to the shores of a neighbor country. To help us develop an international strategy we need to generate sufficient funds to effectively make headway, estimated to be in the region of $10 million dollars to develop a SeaVax prototype or other practical concept. Follow on expenses, or pledges of ongoing support should be included to cover the cost of helping contributing nations to set up fleets of ocean cleaning machines - and running them in a network or pattern that stands the best chance of regenerating our oceans. We anticipate it would take around three years to get things moving - if there were the political will.
BOOM COLLECTOR - This is a picture of the giant floating boom that Boyan Slat hopes will make a significant contribution to a cleaner ocean. We applaud such endeavour and await the results of this project. The boom cannot collect micro plastics, but is designed to harvest macro sized litter. If this idea comes to fruition at key locations around the world, it would help SeaVax to deal with changing hot spot locations immensely.
The might of the G20 and the United Nations has so far proved to be ineffective in dealing with their mess. Their member nations - the culprits - simply will not pay for the development needed to get the cleanup ball rolling, despite collecting taxes from companies who are making the plastic and turning a profit from the waste that they are creating. It is total denial and irresponsible management on the part of G20 member nations. To our mind not only maladministration, but also multiple abuses of process. These countries have a system in place that has no flexibility as a safety net to fix things when they get it wrong.
PROPOSED ACTION PLAN IN BRIEF - (NOTE: ABANDONED IN 2021)
An Action Plan will involve coordinated research, communications and operations designed to tackle marine plastic, working with other organizations and academics who are committed to such development, to make people aware of the dangers of plastic pollution and the need to review packaging policies.
An Action Plan will involve:
1. Developing ocean cleaning vessels and a central hub to coordinate plastic recovery missions and recycling.
2. Incorporate an awareness campaign to target young and old, to promote responsible use of plastics.
3. Lobbying Governments and Corporations for a rethink on product packaging design and recycling.
4. Collecting grants, accounting for and end of year reporting on progress to Ocean Alliance members.
5. As appropriate and to be agreed by members, winding down the 'Alliance' and handing operations over to individual nations or other international bodies once the plastic menace is averted.
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INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS 2018
If (for example) world leaders could agree to contribute within 12 months from July 2018, it would take around three years from that Agreement to get things moving and produce a SeaVax prototype - assuming cooperation from all members of such an Alliance.
From a point in time where a SeaVax (type) prototype was deemed sufficiently proven to go into production, it would take five AmphiMax portable boatyards to produce 8 SeaVax units a year each (@ six week assembly time) that could launch 40 SeaVax ships collectively. If this formula were used as a guide, it would take 3 years to complete a proposed fleet of 120 SeaVax (type) vessels for the Indian Ocean, without clogging up that nationís shipyards.
It would then take an estimated five years to make an impact on fish stocks - as in stabilization - and within 10 years we might reasonably anticipate a percentage recovery of roughly 0.5% a year, meaning that it would take 96 years for our ocean fish stocks to recover to 1970 levels, by 2114. This assumes parallel action to tackle climate change and international bans on single use plastic, or better recycling rates on land.
REDUCING RECOVERY TIME
The only way to improve on the 2114 figure would be to operate more SeaVax vessels:
SeaVax x 720 = 48 years
SeaVax x 1440 = 24 years
This is on the assumption that filtration time does not reach total waste absorption, which is likely at some point even at 360 SeaVax vessels.
The blue economy is said to be valued at $24 trillion in total* (USD). According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the world production of fish in 2005 consisted of 93.2 million tonnes captured by commercial fishing in wild fisheries. The number of individual fish caught in the wild has been estimated at up to 2.7 trillion per year.
Of this the net value = 93.2m x 6668* ($/ave/tonne) = $621,457,600,000.00
Divide this up by the area of our oceans (344.8m km2): $ 1,802,371,230 per million square kilometers. Hence:
It is as yet not possible to suggest a rate of ocean recovery with any accuracy, as insufficient data exists. But, if we were to aim for just 1/10th of one percent for ocean recovery per annum, this would give us a return of $621,457,600 million ($.6.2m) in dollar value in terms of fish yield recovery per year.
In ten years that equates to: $6,214,576,000 ($6.2b) and so on.
On top of that we should add the value of the recovered plastic, and on top of that the fact that toxin levels should drop dramatically in terms of bio-accumulation, making fish safe to eat once more.
WHAT THEN IS THE COST OF THE FLEET ?
SeaVax could in theory
pay for itself in five years based on a target cost for a production
SeaVax as being $6.56 million dollars and a return rate of $0.39 cents
per kilogram for recovered ocean plastic, where clean recycled plastic
can reach as much as $0.80 cents per kilogram on the open market,
For all the oceans at the lowest suggested level of operations we would need around 360 SeaVax vessels (or equivalent) taking the bill to $2.361 billion for a $0.621 billion annual return - hence: 3.8 years until it would be possible to achieve a break even point in $dollar terms.
Cleaner Ocean Foundation offers that this would be a small price to pay for tending to an issue that a few years ago the Global Ocean Commission could offer no potential solutions for. This is our vision for a better aquatic world. The Cleaner Ocean Foundation invite you to share that vision in joining WOAA: the proposed World Ocean Anti-plastic Alliance.
THE G20 HEADS OF STATE 2018
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ONE WORLD ONE OCEAN - In the role of guardians of your geographical regions, there is also a responsibility to develop the blue economy for the international circular economies that a sustainable society requires if we are not to burn planet earth out. We are concerned about the state of the ocean and deteriorating trends, and recognise that the ocean economy is a last chance to reconfigure extraction, production and consumption to ensure that social and economic development respects the planetary boundaries, the integrity of ecosystems to maintain their productivity, and the principles of sustainable development as expressed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, notably SDG14.
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