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Dream Green … because it matters.
Dream Green, will soon be registered as a 501(c)(3) US tax exempt organization.
We will make a difference. Our aim is to unite the world to tackle plastic waste everywhere.
Our tool box:
Information technology, data mining, information sharing and a new approach to quantify what works best, to create financial incentives, technologies and a desire to clean up the world's oceans everywhere.
1/ Phase 1: Develop a comprehensive global web map using the Google Maps API.
- Plot and list the world's environmental organizations and areas of activity, from major to grass roots. Our map would indicate what each organization is doing and where, list event dates and quantify what is collected under our "Who, Where, What and When" system. It would provide a means to share data and help optimize resources of volunteers and national and international organizations.
- The web site would provide a means for volunteers to organize coastal cleanups. For people to register and offer their assistance for any time period they specify. When enough volunteers accrue in a specific area for an automated notification be sent to connect them for a cleanup event. For groups to organize in specific areas by registering online and creating events. This could even involve groups of pleasure boats, sailing vessels and fishing boats in local waters that could target specific islands or beach areas that are impossible to access via other means.
- It would list government and local bodies who can remove the plastic collected. Hopefully this will spur new companies to form to purchase and process it.
- It would list solutions and uses for plastic waste.
- We shall work with various groups to plot the plastic waste, including from photos from the public, scan coastlines with drones, small aircraft and possibly even satellite data.
- The map should also include local and national water current depictions and weather charts. This could help locate the plastic origins, and help identify areas that might become disaster areas following major national disasters such as Typhoons and hurricanes.
- One should be able to select options such as view cities that have banned plastic bags, or require a refund on all plastic bottles, recycling programs or other efforts that make a real difference.
- The web site should provide information and resources that would assist and encourage groups in every manner possible.
- It will support the formation of school student groups that accept the challenge of getting 10 million students around the world to go out and collect at least 10 lbs of plastic litter every month or semester.
- There would be annual awards and international recognition. We will champion new initiatives that make profound improvements.
It would indicate what organizations have accomplished and share their successes and failures to find the best methods for different situations. For example, Alaska has tremendous coastal plastic waste problem and a shortage of diesel and heating fuel in the winter in small villages. An ideal solution would be plastic to fuel converters / electrical generators. In Hawaii plastic debris washed up on the shores is burned by the local electrical utility to generate power.
Phase 2: Provide a clearinghouse function to support groups worldwide with financial aid, logistics, education materials and even equipment for specific campaigns that could be reused in other campaigns. This could be anything from off road vehicles to boats or helicopters to transport the waste, and onsite portable grinding and melt machines to dramatically reduce its volume for removal.
Phase 3: Acquire and develop resources that can be dispatched to emergency areas following major natural disasters that could convert waste into fuels, water and energy. Also provide floating barriers and technical expertise to mitigate the spread of such waste and plan the collection of it.
Phase 4: Develop mobile plastic to fuel/water/energy processors that can be mass produced and sponsored into the developing world that can be used to start a small business for decentralized conversion of plastic waste. This could empower the local unemployed to collect plastic waste and get paid for it.
Phase 5: Build/retrofit a fleet of landing craft type ships with equipment that will convert plastic to fuel or pellotise it. This could be used to contribute to the power for the vessels and provide clean-up, fuel, and water to remote locations and communities.
After much research we are prioritizing our efforts. The world needs to work together and the first objective is to unite all the environmental organizations and build the IT solutions.
We have made a substantial effort to further this project including discussions with Alaskan authorities, EPA, NOAA, US senators and others and a number of groups already involved in such research or activities. We were even offered the m/v Susitna to kick off the project in Alaska.
We have had discussions with researchers at a leading university and with private groups regarding the development of plastic to fuel processors with byproducts of fresh drinking water and electricity.
We need a realistic global approach to begin to tackle the horrifying volume of waste entering the oceans. No one solution will suffice. We can do this together, there is no alternative and time is short.
We welcome any one who shares the passion.
Dream Green / Clean Oceans
History of project and initial thoughts:
We feel that we can do better for the global environment by approaching the plastic waste disposal problem and processing in a decentralized way. One could eliminate the requirement for transporting plastic to waste dumps or centralized incinerators and create incentive to local communities to tackle their own problems. The average income in many 3rd world countries is less than a $1000 a year. If the under and unemployed in these countries could be paid even 25 cents for 10 pounds of plastic they could make a better living for themselves.
Just imagine if we could deploy a thousand processing containers and each one could process one ton of plastic waste per day, what a profound difference it would make. A 20 foot container size is the target as they could also be deployed on small vessels to tackle remote coastal cleanup as well.
We believe that many large corporations would happily sponsor these units if they could be made for a reasonable price. This could be achieved by mass production.
If you have a science or engineering background and would like to contribute to the engineering and design please ask to join our Facebook working group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/dreamgreen.org or contact us through the contact details above.
Fishermen set out amid floating garbage off the shore of Manila Bay in the Philippines on June 8, 2013.
Plastic: Approximately 300 million tons are produced per year using between 6 and 8% of all oil extracted. This is only going to grow. The vast majority cannot and will not be recycled. It is filling up landfills and destroying the environment at an alarming rate. The toxins from it can now be identified in every living creature. These are leading to cancers, birth defects and the global death of fish, birds and wildlife. Extensive research has clearly documented these issues. The time for study is over, we must act now. Plastic is not going away so we must find a solution to remove the waste, not to a landfill where it will last for centuries leaching toxins into ground water, but to recycle what we can and convert the rest to a useful form.
Every year natural disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes (typhoons) or flooding affect populous areas adding million of tons of debris to rivers and eventually the ocean. Other common debris included rope, fishing equipment, glass bottles, paper, and cloth items. It is now common to find 1 ton of plastic per mile on coastlines. - Source: wikipedia
This, on top of the ineffectual garbage collection in many countries and intentional illegal dumping around the world, is effectively destroying the ecosystems that support all life.
Europe relies on conventional incinerators to reduce waste and then ships the ash to landfills reducing the volume by 90%. It does generate energy but much value is lost and dangerous chemical compounds remain in the ash to leach into groundwater. At least 75% of all landfills tested show leaching into the ground water and all are expected to eventually. The Klemetsrud plant in Norway is now importing trash for incineration and at full capacity the plant will provide all the heat and electricity for Oslo's schools and heat for 56,000 homes. Over 300 thousand tons are incinerated annually and that does not count the materials that are extracted for recycling. "Four tonnes of waste has the same energy content as one tonne of fuel oil," says the director of the waste-to-energy agency in Oslo, Pal Mikkelsen.
Here is a report by the World Bank on typical global waste generation, however it does not account for the large quantities of industrial waste and pollution by fraudulent waste disposal companies and other illegal dumping.
The Ocean Cleanup Project started by Boyan Slat is a commendable attempt to remove plastic from the oceans. His project is receiving a lot of media attention, however his information lacks any details about what to do with the plastic. We believe that our organization and its technology focus would compliment his effort. Every effort is needed as the waste in the oceans is continuing to grow.
Because of deep sea conditions (very cold water, little oxygen, few bacteria), all of this trash will likely stick around much longer than it would do on the ground.
The Ocean Conservancy, the international leader in coastal cleanups, has collected several hundred million pounds in three decades of work and relies on volunteers to clean beaches around the world. However the scale of the problem is so big that even their effort is hardly effective.
The Two Hands Project is a collaborative approach to cleaning up the world, similar to the Ocean Conservancy is also doing great work. Everyone can do their bit, big or small.
Electronic waste is piling up around the world rapidly even after the Basel Convention regulating its export. Much of it is shipped to Africa, India and China (Guiyu in particular) where it is causing massive environmental contamination. The R2:2013 Standard for Electronics Recyclers suffers greatly from its seeming intentional avoidance of international law as it refuses to acknowledge or recognize the definitions and obligations, decisions and guidelines of the Basel Convention, which all developed countries, except the United States, have ratified and implemented and is now globally adopted by 180 countries. Read more: http://ban.org/Library/FiveFundamentalFlawFinal.pdf
Read more statistics here: http://www.cleanair.org/Waste/wasteFacts.html
Additional video information:
Ocean plastic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd_QlauNmcw
Some of the many e-waste videos on YouTube.com:
I am now selling off all the inventory of toys, games and jewelry to raise the money for this project. Once my art is gone I will not make more. Think of your purchase as a donation to the cause for a better world. If you are a sailor take a look at the sailboat parts that I make.
We are presently recruiting professionals to move this forward and are already in early talks with Westinghouse and other corporations. We also have several engineers and a number of professional candidates considering joining the team. If you think you can make a difference please contact us.
Please don't forget to sign our petition to WalMart to phase out plastic bags.
Capt. Don Green
Founder of Dream Green
V 8/29/2015 - Information is updated frequently so come back often.
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