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.
In the last couple of days I had started to feel that paddling my boat was damn harder than it had ever been.
Initially, I thought the Hooghly river was a copy of the Ganges, only smaller, but the more I navigate, the more I notice the important differences.
It was a very tough day, but at the end it was a great satisfaction. We are 120 km away from Calcutta.
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.
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.