Each year, an estimated 11 billion pounds (approximately 5 metric tons) of plastic enters the ocean, 80% of which starts out on land, according to The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Floating trash has no geographic or political boundaries, so solutions must involve scalable international collaboration, yet be local in scope and reach.
On September 20th, 2015, The Sustainable Energy and Enterprise Development for Communities (SEED4COM), the national convener for the “Let´s Do It Philippines” movement, will be partnering with the international NGO, Ocean Recovery Alliance, and their powerful online trash mapping tool called Global (www.globalalert.org).
This mobile application for the mapping of trash hotspots which contribute to water and ocean pollution, will be a big asset to the volunteers who are part of the Let’s Do It Philippines Clean Up Campaign.
Not only can people use the platform to report trash hotspots, but they can also report areas that have been cleaned, by showing photos on the site after the clean-up has taken place. People can also use the platform year-round, so that stakeholders in any given district can use the data to help the reduction of plastic pollution reaching our waters. Community groups can then develop better recycling programs and plastic management strategies, ultimately leading to less floating trash making its way to the ocean.
About Ocean Recovery Alliance
Ocean Recovery Alliance is a 501c3 registered charitable organization in Hong Kong, and a non-profit entity in California. Ocean Recovery Alliance focus is on ocean protection, and strives to take a lead with a variety of existing stakeholders, leveraging each of their qualities and institutional capacities when needed, while combining forces with the business and technology sectors.
The group is the first NGO to be working with both UNEP and the World Bank, and part of the Global Alert platform has been funded by the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Oceans. In June 2014, Ocean Recovery Alliance launched a world-first report on the natural capital cost of plastic with Trucost and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the UN Environmental Assembly in Nairobi.
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A non profit organization in the Philippines that promotes clean renewable energy, foster social enterprises, sustainable environment and development for the last mile communities including indigenous peoples and disaster risks areas. www.seed4com.org