In 2016 the foundation 'By the Ocean we Unite' organized its first sailing expedition to Norway. The goal was to share knowledge and educate itself about plastic pollution threatening our oceans and the life within. Photographer and filmmaker Anouk van de Beek made a short documentary (30 mins) in which we take the viewer on a journey into plastic pollution. Following the screening of the documentary, we talk with ecologist Nanne van Hoytema, artist/ activist Peter Smith and other experts about the state of the plastic soup in our oceans and the possible answers to this global problem. What can we do ourselves in daily life?
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Research, awareness and solutions for cleaner oceans
Plastic pollution has become one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Worldwide, on average eight billion kilos of plastics end up in our oceans every year – that is 23.000 kilos every single minute(!). Those plastics – ranging from large to microscopically small – cause devastating effects on the environment, animals and probably ourselves. We no longer want to be on the sidelines.
By the Ocean we Unite is a Dutch foundation with charitable status (ANBI) that contributes to preventing more plastics from ending up in our oceans. Through the organization of a variety of activities – sailing expeditions, lectures, documentaries & more – we conduct research, create awareness, educate and activate people, organisations, and governments to make much-needed changes. By joining forces with partners worldwide we increase our outreach and positive impact. Join us on our journey and help to protect our oceans, the animals and ourselves from plastic pollution.
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever
– Jacques Cousteau
Do something about it, a great begin is to start looking at your own behavior regarding the usage of plastic.
– Ambassador of the foundation Bouwe Bekking