10 Rivers 1 Ocean

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10 RIVERS 1 OCEAN

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY, SOMETHING UNITES US BEYOND ALL BORDERS. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY WE SHOULD NOT MISS TAKING.

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.

#weareallinthesameboat

I'll build myself a new raft for each river. Each raft mirror the habits of the people who live there.
ALEX BELLINI

Travel Journal

Alex's adventure river after river

07.08.2019

Jason, a 29-years old homeless, he makes a living redeeming recyclables

LOGBOOK 3 #PACIFICTRASHPATCH

He is a 29-year-old homeless man, and like many of the homeless here, he makes a living redeeming recyclables, such as cans and plastic bottles.

14.07.2019

San Francisco, here is another Sunday

LOGBOOK 2 #PACIFICTRASHPATCH

Sunday. Another wonderful day in this city - home to hippies, techies, fog and rolling hills. I walked so many kilometres up and down the streets that I seem to have known it for years.

03.07.2019

I’m back here, more or less where I left this logbook.

LOGBOOK 1 #PACIFICTRASHPATCH

Hi everyone. I’m back to this logbook. Three months ago, in Kolkata, I ended my navigation on the world’s fifth most plastic-polluted river, and today I am here, in San Francisco, California, preparing my row across the most massive floating accumulation of plastic in the world.

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Our planet is in our hands, but sometimes we live as if it were there for us to trample under foot.
Alex Bellini

PROJECT

THREE-PART ACTION

TRE AZIONI PER REALIZZARE L’IMPRESA - Navigare - 10 Rivers 1 Ocean

NAVIGATE

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.

TRE AZIONI PER REALIZZARE L’IMPRESA - Condividere - 10 Rivers 1 Ocean

SHARE

Alex aims to help foster a new understanding and respect for our planet and its most precious and threatened environments — our bodies of water.

TRE AZIONI PER REALIZZARE L’IMPRESA - Educare - 10 Rivers 1 Ocean

EDUCATE

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.

ALEX'S JOURNEY

ALEX'S JOURNEY THE STAGES OF 10 RIVERS 1 OCEAN

  • Gange

    Ganges

    The Mother Goddess who purifies the faithful is far from enjoying good health herself. The Ganges is on the verge of death. Paradoxically, while she gives new spiritual energy to those who immerse themselves in her water to cleanse their sins, she risks spreading death instead.

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  • Pacific Garbage Patch

    Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    A mass of plastic waste has accumulated in the sub-tropical ocean vortex of the Pacific Ocean holding around 80,000 tons of debris. An artificial island made up of trillions of pieces of plastic is growing year after year.

    Read more
  • Nile

    Nile

    The longest river in the world has given rise to and supported ancient civilizations, the cradle of modern-day cultures. Today, heavy metals and petroleum agents are detected in its water. This is an enormous problem for the seven African countries which the Nile crosses.

    Read more
  • 10 rivers 1 ocean – Hai He river

    Hai He

    This river is part of the waterways near Beijing. Several years ago, a chemical plant on its shores released toxins that caused thousands of dead fish to wash up on its banks. This must be a wake-up call for the Chinese authorities.

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  • 10 rivers 1 ocean – yellow river

    Yellow River

    The Yellow River once supported the agriculture of a large part of China with its waters' extraordinary fertilizing properties, rich with sediments called loess. But today it has become a dump for paint factories.

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  • 10 rivers 1 ocean – Yangtze

    Yangtze

    The Yangtze was named for the proverbial (one-time) clarity of its water. Some stretches of its course have been certified by UNESCO as a cultural heritage landscape. But, today, it is threatened by hydraulic projects and industrial waste.

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  • 10 rivers 1 ocean – Amur river

    Amur

    Seven hundred kilometers of this river marks the border between Russia and China. About ten years ago, it had the dishonour of making the news for an environmental catastrophe: a benzene spill from a petrochemical factory. And the river has kept on being polluted since.

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  • Pearl River

    Pearl River

    Industrial and domestic wastewater, everything is dumped into the river. So much that some parts of its course have become dark and murky. It definitely no longer has the lustre its name suggests. Chinese authorities are devising immediate solutions.

    Read more
  • Mekong

    Indochina's main river is the major site of electricity production, as more and more dams are built and hundreds of industrial complexes pour toxins into its water. The 1,200 fish species populating the Mekong are at risk.

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  • Indo

    The Indo River flows between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region, an area of major political conflict between the two countries. The river has long been key for irrigating the land and is now severely strained by climate change and pollution.

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  • Niger

    Niger

    The Niger gave its name to two of the countries it crosses — Nigeria and, of course, Niger. Now it is at risk of disappearing. The water of the river is fiercely contested for fishing because it irrigates cattle pastures, and it is also in danger from industrial sewage.

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ALEX'S JOURNEY

ALEX'S JOURNEY THE STAGES OF 10 RIVERS 1 OCEAN

Ganges
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Great Pacific Garbage Patch
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Nile
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Hai He
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Yellow River
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Yangtze
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Amur
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Pearl River
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Mekong
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Indo
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Niger
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Ganges

Stage ended

The Mother Goddess who purifies the faithful is far from enjoying good health herself. The Ganges is on the verge of death. Paradoxically, while she gives new spiritual energy to those who immerse themselves in her water to cleanse their sins, she risks spreading death instead.

Read more

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A mass of plastic waste has accumulated in the sub-tropical ocean vortex of the Pacific Ocean holding around 80,000 tons of debris. An artificial island made up of trillions of pieces of plastic is growing year after year.

Read more

Nile

The longest river in the world has given rise to and supported ancient civilizations, the cradle of modern-day cultures. Today, heavy metals and petroleum agents are detected in its water. This is an enormous problem for the seven African countries which the Nile crosses.

Read more

Hai He

This river is part of the waterways near Beijing. Several years ago, a chemical plant on its shores released toxins that caused thousands of dead fish to wash up on its banks. This must be a wake-up call for the Chinese authorities.

Read more

Yellow River

The Yellow River once supported the agriculture of a large part of China with its waters' extraordinary fertilizing properties, rich with sediments called loess. But today it has become a dump for paint factories.

Read more

Yangtze

The Yangtze was named for the proverbial (one-time) clarity of its water. Some stretches of its course have been certified by UNESCO as a cultural heritage landscape. But, today, it is threatened by hydraulic projects and industrial waste.

Read more

Amur

Seven hundred kilometers of this river marks the border between Russia and China. About ten years ago, it had the dishonour of making the news for an environmental catastrophe: a benzene spill from a petrochemical factory. And the river has kept on being polluted since.

Read more

Pearl River

Industrial and domestic wastewater, everything is dumped into the river. So much that some parts of its course have become dark and murky. It definitely no longer has the lustre its name suggests. Chinese authorities are devising immediate solutions.

Read more

Mekong

Indochina's main river is the major site of electricity production, as more and more dams are built and hundreds of industrial complexes pour toxins into its water. The 1,200 fish species populating the Mekong are at risk.

Read more

Indo

The Indo River flows between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region, an area of major political conflict between the two countries. The river has long been key for irrigating the land and is now severely strained by climate change and pollution.

Read more

Niger

The Niger gave its name to two of the countries it crosses — Nigeria and, of course, Niger. Now it is at risk of disappearing. The water of the river is fiercely contested for fishing because it irrigates cattle pastures, and it is also in danger from industrial sewage.

Read more
We know in our hearts that any limit can be overcome. Believing this makes a solid starting point.
Alex Bellini

TAKE ACTION

When facing the environmental challenge caused by plastic, there is no “us and them.” We are all responsible and need to make our contribution so that we can come together in a network to raise awareness and add even just one second to every day of life our planet has left to live.