Dream Green, will soon be registered as a 501(c)(3) US tax exempt organization.
We will make a difference. Our aim is to provide a software mapping solution that brings environmental groups, the public, communities, schools and corporations together to share information, reduce IT costs and reduce the plastic pollution everywhere.
Develop a comprehensive global map (see first draft) using Open Street Maps to present environmental information. To process data from governments and organizations around the world into a coherent simple to interpret format. Eventually use machine learning tools to predict ocean and coastal debris levels and what locations should be targeted for cleanup and when. What influence legislation can have, what works best. Make the map available to all conservation groups to embed in their web sites, allowing them to still customize the top layer for their viewers but provide check box choices to view everyone's data and numerous other layers that include the data options below and others.
And finally create an experience that inspires and provides pathways to encourage people to want to get involved in a global effort to tackle one of the greatest challenges.
Some of the content will include:
- Data to plot and quantify the plastic waste, including from photos from the public, video and images of coastlines from drones, small aircraft and possibly even satellite data.
- Plot and list the world's environmental organizations and areas of activity, from major to grass roots. Our web globe 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 will provide a means to share data and help optimize resources of volunteers and national and international organizations.
- A means for volunteers to organize land, coastal and water way 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 both established and informal groups to organize in specific areas by registering online and creating events so even non members of those groups might be inspired to join an event. 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 will 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 will list solutions and uses for plastic waste.
- We will 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 will be able to select options such as view cities that have banned helium balloons, or require a deposit on all plastic bottles, at minimum a fee for one use plastic bags, recycling programs or other efforts that make a real difference.
- We will support the creation of petitions, lobbying, using the media and other efforts to implement changes and laws that are needed to reduce plastic waste in the environment. Including promoting plastic bottle deposits that are already established in numerous places. see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Container_deposit_legislation
- We will support the formation of school student groups that accept the challenge of getting over 10 million students around the world to go out and collect at least 10 lbs of plastic litter every month or as practical.
- There will be annual awards and international recognition. We will champion new initiatives that make profound improvements.
- The globe will indicate what organizations have accomplished and share their successes and failures to find the best methods for different situations. For example, cities have successfully banned one use plastic bags or required a small fee for them. India is building roads with plastic waste. 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. Building materials, carpets, children's playgrounds and countless other things are already available manufactured from plastic waste. We can do so much more.
This is how NOAA presents marine debris data: http://clearinghouse.marinedebris.noaa.gov/visualize/
This is how data should be presented. http://earth.nullschool.net/
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
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:
We are now selling off all the inventory of toys, games and jewelry to raise the money for this project. 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 we 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 9/16/2015 - Information is updated frequently so come back often.
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