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PER­SPEC­TI­VE OF PIONEERS — ONE EARTH ONE OCEAN

At NEUBAU, we are always on the lookout to connect with innovative minds and organizations that want to solve today's and tomorrow's environmental problems with their forward-thinking ideas and inventions. This time, we sought an exchange with the globally active NGO One Earth - One Ocean. We talked about their projects, goals and motivations and how one can support their cause for cleaner oceans.

What exact­ly does ONE EARTHONE OCE­AN do?

The non-pro­fit orga­niz­a­ti­on One Earth-One Oce­an e.V. (oeoo) from Munich and Kiel has been pur­suing the goal of fre­eing waters world­wi­de from plastic was­te and also from pol­lu­ti­on cau­sed by oil and che­mi­cals sin­ce 2011.

What is your motivation?

It is no lon­ger necessa­ry to empha­si­ze that plastic was­te in the waters of the world is one of the most serious envi­ron­men­tal pro­blems of our glo­bal socie­ty, which urgent­ly needs a solu­ti­on. Howe­ver, well thought-out and prag­ma­tic approa­ches to remo­ving plastic was­te from the sea, have so far been lacking.

What is your goal?

Our goal is to clean the waters world­wi­de from plastic was­te and things that do not belong in the water. This work also inclu­des edu­ca­ti­on and rese­arch. For this rea­son we deve­lo­ped the mul­ti-sta­ge con­cept of Mari­ne Lit­ter Cleanup”.

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How much was­te do you collect per year and how does this work?

In 2020, our inter­na­tio­nal amount of gar­ba­ge collec­ted was over 200 tons. Pro­jects to remo­ve plastic was­te from water are cur­r­ent­ly under­way in Euro­pe (Greece, Ger­ma­ny), Cam­bo­dia, Bra­zil, Indo­ne­sia, Egypt and the Phil­ip­pi­nes. Spe­cial rub­bish collec­tion ships such as the See­Hams­ter and the See­Kuh are used here. The amount of rub­bish, always a mix of plastic and other rub­bish, depends on whe­re it is being clea­ned. In Decem­ber 2020, oeoo, tog­e­ther with fisher­men and vol­un­te­ers, clea­ned Gua­naba­ra Bay in Rio and 40 tons of plastic was­te and gar­ba­ge were collec­ted and then sor­ted. (see also https://​onee​arth​-oneo​ce​an​.com/​u​n​s​e​r​e​-​p​r​o​jekte).

What hap­pens to the collec­ted waste?

The collec­ted gar­ba­ge (plastic and other gar­ba­ge) is sor­ted and given to the appro­pria­te dis­po­sal or recy­cling companies.

What can we do on a dai­ly basis to keep our oceans/​water/​planet clean?

Avoid buy­ing sin­gle-use plastic pro­ducts and switch to pro­ducts that do not have plastic pack­a­ging. In any case, plastic is a valu­able mate­ri­al that has to be collec­ted and recy­cled. It does­n’t belong in the environment.

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How can someo­ne sup­port you?

You can sup­port our work with dona­ti­ons or sponsorship.

Wish for the future?

That peop­le under­stand that life on earth is not pos­si­ble without clean water and accord­in­gly con­tri­bu­te to clea­ning and saving the planet.

What’s your favo­ri­te water location”?

The Bal­tic Sea and the Mediterranean.

Deep oce­an, infi­ni­te black or para­di­se blue?

Para­di­se blue!

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