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.
This morning what I saw in the water made me speechless.
Small fragments of plastic were scattered everywhere as far as I could see. They can tell you about it a hundred times, but you really can't believe it until you see it with your own eyes.
However, I row my boat with my hands and if, at the end of my day, I have sore hands this means ONE thing. No matter how far I have travelled I gave it all. I doubt there is another way to measure the effort.
One ocean, un solo oceano.
The clue I needed to prove that we are all immersed in the same big ocean revealed itself this morning when I picked up a plastic container that might once have contained some washing soap.
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.