5 Organisations Fighting to Save our Waterways and Oceans
Date Posted:16 September 2021
As Bamboo Body are based in Cronulla, on the east coast of Australia, we are lucky to witness the beauty of the ocean almost every day. In fact, our founders, Elouise & Amanda grew up as beach bums so, their love of the ocean holds strong. For a long time, our oceans used to be blooming with healthy marine life, vibrant ocean waters and beautiful coastlines. However, over the years, we've seen how the flow of waste including plastic and chemicals do so much damage to our seas and marine life, while it keeps getting worse by the day.
As many of us begin to enjoy our weekends at the beach, let's give a shout out to a few of the many non-profit marine conservation organisations around the world who work tirelessly to save our oceans on behalf of us all. Here are five organisations that are dedicated to keeping our oceans healthy and beautiful for us all to enjoy.
Who: A non-profit organisation whose mission is to create a world where nothing goes to waste by delivering programs that activate Australian communities to reimagine waste as a resource and ultimately clean up the ocean through fun and unique programs.
Where: All around Australia. Find upcoming scavenges here.
How: Seaside Scavenge runs waste education events where litter collection from local waterways and parklands becomes a currency in a pop-up market to purchase pre-loved clothing and goods that have been donated by the local community. These events include live performances by local musicians as well as talks and stalls hosted by local community groups working in waste reduction and environmental conservation.
Who: A non-profit organisation is an initiative that focuses on the reduction of plastic pollution in the oceans and beaches. Their mission is to encourage people to leave the worlds beaches and oceans cleaner than when they found them.
Where: Based in Australia
How: This organisation raises awareness of marine debris, especially plastic. Their solution is to transform littered beaches, waterways, and coastal areas into pristine oases by encouraging people to pick up three pieces of rubbish every time they leave the beach. This initiative is trying to turn small efforts into big results to eradicate ocean plastic pollution.
Who: The Seabin Project team is a dedicated group who have a goal of providing practical and tangible solutions to reduce the plastics in our oceans. Their solution? To create rubbish bins in the world's marinas, ports and yacht clubs. The mission statement is simple: To live in a world without the need for seabins.
Where: All around the globe and there's bound to be one near you. View their locations here.
How: The idea was if there was rubbish bins on land, why not in the water? After extensive research, technology and educational initiative with global interest and reach, this organisation created the Seabin V5. The Seabin V5 moves up and down with the range of tide collecting all marine debris. Water is sucked in from the surface with a water pump and passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin V5. The water is then pumped back into the marine leaving marine debris trapped inside the catch bag to either be recycles or sent to a waste management facility.
The Seabin has the ability to hold up to 20kgs and catches an estimated 1.5 tones of marine debris per year.
What: A non-profit organisation formed by a group of experience and renowned photographers, filmmakers and storytellers who work towards making the oceans healthy and full of life.
Where: All over the internet.
How: Sea Legacy are a passionate community invested in the sustainability of our oceans. Their mission involves expeditions, campaigns, and solutions. First, the photographers and filmmakers are lead on an expedition to capture the beauty and threats below the surface of our oceans. Next, they use these images to help spread the word. Using the media they capture; Sea legacy create public engagement campaigns that trigger lasting and sustainable change and also fund projects around the world. 100% of donations goes directly towards their networks, campaigns, and solutions.
What: Tangaroa Blue is a non-profit organisation that created the Australian Marine Debris Initiative - an initiative organised by a network of volunteers, communities and organisations that contribute data from rubbish collected during beach and river clean-up events to the AMDI Database, and then work on solutions to stop the flow of litter at the source.
Where: Based in Australia. Find your nearest event here.
How: Tangaroa Blue Foundation collaborates with an extended network of stakeholders and partners to communicate the issues and make changes happen. They achieve this by providing resources and data to schools, organisations, and governments about the initiative, the AMDI Database and general facts about marine debris. They also run source reduction plan workshops that help communities formulate a specific plan that can be implemented in their situation while also visiting schools and conducting presentations and training sessions for groups that want to get involved.