We have all seen the real threat of pollution to our oceans whether through a walk along the beach or pictures on social media. Our Ocean is filling up with waste – we have to stop this.

When we litter or do not control our waste – Nature takes care of it! Winds and rain pick it up and move it into our streams through gutters and underground storm water drains. All of these water ways end up in a major river which makes it to our oceans. After this there is no exit but to contaminate the ocean forever.  What you see on the surface of the ocean is only a fraction of the real waste.

Currently, the methods of cleaning our oceans are focused on catching waste at the River mouth, which is an impossible task to do effectively. If you have stood next to a river in full flood or even in half flood, you realize the power of Mother Nature in water. There is a clear reason why capturing waste at a river mouth is near to impossible or, at most, very ineffective.

Let’s stop wasting time trying to solve this problem where it’s already too far gone.  We need to look upstream and solve it where we can more effective at controlling the waste near its source.

The 4 Steps to Stopping Pollution in Our Oceans:

1. Stop Using Single-Use Plastic

It starts with you and me, minimising our waste. We need to take action, starting in our homes; purchasing and influencing the demand-side of supply.  If we seek out, demand, and spend our money on only re-usable, compostable, edible and other non-plastic alternatives in packaging, companies will have to change their product offerings, for their own business survival.

2. Governments – Wake up!

At the same time, we need to petition our governments to take action.  A single parliamentary act will stop pollution that will ensure our children have an Ocean for years to come. Pass an act that bans the use of single-use plastic items. It is not difficult – just get it done. It will generate significant job opportunities and be an immediate positive outcome to our daily lives. By creating a policy change and enacting it in law, solutions will be found. For the governments that do it first, their industries will lead the way in providing product and service solutions.  

3. Catch Waste Early

The more waste we can capture closer to the disposal area, the better. By ensuring waste is disposed of correctly, maintained in an enclosed area, the fewer chances we will have of it entering our rivers and oceans. All streams and stormwater drains should have methods of capturing waste (DisruptorNet, PipeNet or similar are good examples) designed into them from the onset, or retrofitted. This will prevent significant loads of waste reaching the rivers and oceans.  

4. Catch it in the Harbours and Lagoons

Most rivers exit into the ocean through significant lakes, harbours or lagoons. These areas are prone to constant pollution directly from the Storm Water runoffs of major cities. Active methods of pollution control should be established such as the CrocDock or similar to capture and process waste on a continuous basis.

Change – Just Do it.

To make a difference just start somewhere small.  Make a difference everyday.

If you are the government or hold office that can make a difference – change the rules, regulate supply and protect our rivers from the run-offs and constant streams.