Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues of our times. The increasing production and use of disposable plastics has now reached a point that makes it difficult to deal with, unless we all make a change in our habits.
Single-use plastics account for 40 percent of the plastic produced every year. Many of these products, such as plastic bags, plastic bottles, straws and food wrappers are used for a few minutes only, but they may persist in the environment for hundreds of years.
Plastic is everywhere
Millions of animals are killed by plastics every year, from birds to fish to other marine organisms. Nearly 700 species, including endangered ones, are known to have been affected by plastics. Nearly every species of seabird eats plastics.
In the food chain
The water bottle or the plastic straw we carelessly throw away near the beach reaches the ocean, degrades and breaks down in tiny parts of plastic—microplastics—which are then mistaken for food by fish, who are then eaten by us. What goes around comes around
In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia From left to right: Annie Parenteau, Environmentalist, vegan and Océan Attitude's influencer, Mr Nabil Farah, Project director at Coastline, Marie-Laure Boulot, Founder of Océan Attitude
At the beginning of the summer, Ocean Attitude met with Coastline—an Integrated Facilities Management company that focuses on marine and coastal facilities covering the Middle East region—to discuss the plastic pollution issue in the Red Sea. We are happy to announce that Coastline committed to protecting the Red Sea by taking the following actions to make a change, along with a wide advertising campaign to educate the public about plastic pollution:
Glass bottles are sold instead of plastic bottles in their restaurants
Paper bags will soon be available for take out instead of plastic bags
Water dispensers are available in their facilities and cruise boats
Those initiatives mean that 6,000 single-use plastic bottles are spared each month!
I have always loved the sea… It calms me and the underwater world fascinates me. I have visited around forty Greek islands and one thing I always remember is their ‘vythos’ (seabed). Unfortunately, I have observed a severe decline in marine life especially in the Aegean sea and it is heart breaking.
The fishermen on the island told him that they took from their parents a sea full of fish, handing over their children a desert. The area has been overfished for decades. Pierre-Yves Cousteau’s suggestion is clear: “It's simple: When you hit your foot, what do you do? You have to rest to recover. The same thing happens with the sea. If we keep it quiet for a while, biodiversity returns. Recently a study was carried out on 120 marine protected areas, 17 of them in the Mediterranean, showing that within just 5 years they have achieved a 450% increase in fish stocks and 20% biodiversity. Funded by the Niarchos Foundation, ELKETHE conducted a study on the state of marine life in Santorini. We suggested two areas, one between Perissa and Kamari and the second one, most wanted by the fishermen around Akrotiri, in the ‘nose’ of Santorini. Unfortunately, the sea of Santorini no longer has fish, and fishermen have to go farther and farther, spend more and more time in the sea to catch less and less fish. When we explained the benefits of the protected areas, the fishermen became our allies and unanimously supported the proposal. The whole island supports it”.
Sandra Katakalea“How wonderful!”, I thought while reading the article.
And Pierre-Yves continues: “The Ministry of Rural Development has the opportunity to step forward and adopt the project, to set an example. You know, limiting fishing does not mean that every activity is stopped. There may be ecotourism, mild activities. In the Mentes islands of Spain, where the sea has been protected for 20 years, people come from all over the world and pay a ticket to dive in and see the fish. Santorini's touristic development provides a huge opportunity to finance the protected area”.
My enthusiasm started to fade away. I know that whenever governmental support is required, things slow down… and we know there is no time…
Sandra Katakalea, Senior Performance & Learning Consultant, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Lighthouse Point, at the southernmost tip of the island of Eleuthera, has been treasured by generations of Bahamians. The surrounding ocean is sobiologically rich that the area has been formally proposed to the government as a Marine Protected Area, but Disney has received a green light from the Government of the Bahamas to push ahead with plans for a massive cruise ship port at Lighthouse Point.
We've talked to Brooke Muggia, an environmental activist working to protect Lighthouse Point. Here's what you should know about the campaign...
Many people worldwide decided to take action on Saturday 8 June to celebrate World Oceans Day. Hundreds of events, on the 5 continents, took place that day, showing a collective will to act together in order to raise people's awareness about the environmental situation of our planet. Many of these events involved youngsters, worried and outraged by the state of our oceans, who got especially engaged in actions against plastic, a plague thats now floods everywhere on earth.
Le samedi 8 juin nous avons été nombreux à nous mobiliser dans le monde pour la journée Mondiale de l’Océan. Des centaines d’événements, recensés sur les cinq continents, ont pris place ce jour-là, témoignant d’une volonté des citoyens du monde à s’exprimer et à agir ensemble afin de faire prendre conscience au plus grand nombre de l’urgence qu’il y a à préserver notre planète. Beaucoup de ces événements impliquaient la jeunesse d’aujourd’hui, inquiète et révoltée par l’état des océans, mobilisée notamment dans des actions contre le plastique qui inonde notre planète aujourd’hui.
Le Foucault : en juin 1940, le paquebot "Le Foucault", 152 mètres de long, brûle pendant deux jours à La Rochelle. En septembre 1940, après quelques réparations, il est échoué et abandonné sur la plage de Sablanceaux. Au cours de l’été 2000, ce qui reste de l’épave du "Foucault" laisse échapper des hydrocarbures. Après pompage, 35 m3 de fioul sont récupérées. L’épave, jusqu’en 2004, continue de laisser fuir des hydrocarbure. Il est alors estimé qu'il reste 50 m3 d’hydrocarbures dans l’épave. L’État décide alors de faire enlever toute une partie de l’épave pour finir la dépollution.
Ce jeudi 6 juin 2019, une interview de Marie-Laure Boulot, créatrice d'Océan Attitude, a été diffusée sur les ondes de la web radio Lyon Demain dans le cadre du 'Quart d'Heure Lyonnais'.
La radio lyonnaise, qui se présente comme un "programme dédié à celles et ceux [...]qui font bouger les lignes dans le respect de la planète", a accordé six minutes trente d'antenne à Marie-Laure au sein de ses quinze minutes d'actualités quotidiennes. L'occasion pour Marie-Laure de s'exprimer sur la Journée Mondiale de l'Océan, qui sera célébrée partout dans le monde ce samedi 8 juin, et de communiquer sur le projet Océan Attitude.
"Vers l’océan dont nous avons besoin pour l’avenir que nous voulons !"
En 2021, les Nations Unies lanceront un plan d'envergure mondiale visant à sauver nos océans, et qui s'étalerait sur dix années, dans le but de renforcer la recherche scientifique et l'innovation technologique. Il s'agit de la 'Décennie des Nations Unies pour les sciences océaniques au service du développement durable (2021-2030)', proclamée par les Nations Unies en décembre 2017.
Recently I had the opportunity to sail onboard Figaro 3 "Océan Attitude" with renowned French yachtsman Franck Cammas (you can read about my experience here). And I was also lucky enough to meet with Mohammed Al Mujaini, one of Oman’s best-known offshore sailors. He and Franck Cammas are now going to work closely together as Franck has just "joined the Oman Sail team to manage their ongoing Diam and new Figaro campaigns next year" (more information about it here). I asked Mohammed Al Mujaini "Momo" to answer a few questions for me: