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OCEANS SERIES – INTRODUCTION

Not Planet Earth, But Planet Ocean.

The ocean is full of secrets. Ancient creatures of the deep, sunken cities and mysterious ship wrecks from times gone past, whole ecosystems and phenomena that we barely understand… Oh, and plastic. Lots and lots of plastic. That’s a little less romantic, no?

But plastic is not the only ocean challenge we face. Overfishing, pollution, resource management, crime…there’s a lot to tackle here, and a lot of dirty secrets that need to be uncovered. Why is it important? Well, because oceans make up 70% of our planet, and produce almost the same amount of biomass as terrestrial habitats. Our lives depend on the ocean.

So, it’s about time we understand the root causes of these challenges we face, tackle the misinformation and big mysteries out there, and figure out how to manage our oceans better. That’s where we step in.

In this series, we ask bold questions, do some myth-busting, and share the stories we’re not supposed to – and there are some crazy ones out there. We cannot cover the entire ocean subject (that would take a lifetime), so we’ve picked three topics to start with: plastic pollution, crime and nutrition. It will be fun, it will be exciting, we will learn a lot… Let’s dive in!

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EPISODE 1

OCEANS #1: PLASTIC POLLUTION, CRIME & NUTRITION – PLOTTING THE COURSE

Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.
Photo by atlanticleather

We live on a blue planet, surrounded by oceans. But how much do we really know about what goes on in our oceans? Where does all the plastic come from, and how do we stop it from getting in there? What does piracy, money laundering, and illegal dumping do to our oceans and our societies? And how exactly can the oceans help feed the ten billion people living on this planet?

In this episode, we set the stage for our Oceans series – our most ambitious one yet. We tell you where we’re headed, how to use this series, the questions we’ll be asking, and all the fun things we have planned. With this, you’ll be all set to start the adventure with us.

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EPISODE 2

OCEANS #2: THE MAN WHO STARTED TALKING ABOUT PLASTIC POLLUTION

Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.
Picture source: The Telegraph

The story of ocean plastic, at least the one we talk about now, began 20 years ago. Before then, nobody was making noise about how our oceans were filling up with with this everlasting nuisance. One man changed this when he went onstage at – and showed the world what damage we were causing.

In this episode, we talk to the man himself, captain Charles Moore. And we ask: just how urgent is ocean plastic pollution? Is it as important as climate change?

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United Nations

Plastic Ocean

EPISODE 3

OCEANS #3: CAN WE REALLY CLEAN UP OCEAN PLASTIC? (MYTHBUSTING)

Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.
Picture credit: Plastic Oceans Foundation

One main reason cleaning up the ocean is not going to work: so many of us underestimate the wrath of the sea. The many technical challenges are so much bigger than we realise, and while we all desperately wish the magic-bullet solutions will work…the cold hard facts tell a different story.

That’s what oceanographer Kim Martini tells us in this episode. She’s one of the only people to do a scientific peer review of the Ocean Cleanup Project’s feasibility study. The results are very interesting. The main questions we ask her: what exactly are the challenges we’re facing? And is there any hope for cleaning up the ocean, or will we have to live with this plastic soup forever?

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National Geographic

The Baltimore Trash Wheel

EPISODE 4

OCEANS #4: WHERE OUR PLASTIC GOES: GPS TRACKING ON A GLOBAL SCRAP MARKET

Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.
Picture by Ed Dunens. CC/BY.

Millions of tonnes of plastic enter our ocean every year. If we’re going to stop this flood, we need to know where the leak is. Is the in countries where huge amounts of plastic enters the sea? Would that explain how a plastic wrapper dropped in a recycling bin in England ended up on a Chinese beach thousands of kilometers away? No, it is more complicated than that – time to cast a wider net.

We’re not the only ones looking for answers. In this episode, we share the story of Martin Bourque: the man who put a GPS tracker into his plastic bale in California, and found out the truth about where his plastic was going.

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EPISODE 5

OCEANS #5: PLASTIC IN CHINA: WAKING THE DRAGON

Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.
Picture credit: South China Morning Post.

Martin Bourque was suspicious about where the plastic from his recycling facility in California was going. He put a tracking device into a plastic bale and tracked it all the way across the world to a rural recycling facility in China. What did he find there? This is part two of Martin’s story, and it’s an eye-opener.

This episode brings up an important point: this is not just an American story – we share some facts from Europe that show we’re in this too. There is way too much plastic being produced that nobody wants. We’re paying to get rid of it, and the price is way too high.

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