For 10 Rivers 1 Ocean project, the explorer Alex Bellini will navigate the ten most plastic-polluted rivers in the world with the goal of inspiring a new understanding and respect for the world’s most-threatened, delicate ecosystems: our waterways. If we keep up the speed with which we are dumping plastic in the oceans, there will be more plastic than creatures in the sea by 2050. But if everyone makes a commitment, we can forge a new path for the human adventure on this planet.
I have to admit that the environmental status of the river is better than I ever thought. I'm happy about that, but part of me wanted to wallow in plastic, in a pile of plastic. Perhaps the message of how urgent it is for us to change would come louder to the eyes and ears of the people who followed me.
For many years, Folco has been walking barefoot. He walked barefoot in China, too.So I’ve asked him why, what’s the point of it? And he said to me: Generally, we walk barefoot to simplify, to return to the earth, to feel it with our hands down.
As always, long-term change is an uphill battle, and this can be seen on the riverbanks, but what is heartening is that a relatively poor country has made a conscious choice to shift its focus from the quantity to the quality of growth.
Alex aims to explore the most polluted rivers in the world. Each river is a new adventure: from building his boat with waste found on the river shores to building relationships with the local people.
Alex aims to help foster a new understanding and respect for our planet and its most precious and threatened environments — our bodies of water.
The expedition aims to be a spur to urgent action. With the right mix of authenticity and credibility, it will offer new, effective solutions to this pressing environmental crisis.
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