As we all agree that Ocean Pollution is a Global Problem, we also acknowledge that there is a National Component involved. Especially nations in the APAC region with direct access to the ocean bear not only the Social Responsibility for the Ocean Health [1] in sync with SDG 14 [2], but also suffer from severe Damage to their Tourism Industry [3] [4] and Coastal Livelihoods [5] as well as a massive destruction of Marine Fauna and Flora.

Apart from all efforts concerning future waste management, recycling rates [6], non-virgin [7] or alter­native materials [8] and the heated discussion whether corporations, citizens or governments [9] have to solve the crisis, one of the main pressing challenges stays the ongoing pollution with plastics (and Styrofoam) and other floating waste in the rivers (as proved by Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research [10]). According to this and other studies the rivers are the main channels for transporting the global input of plastic into to the world’s oceans [11]) which endangers not only marine fauna and flora but also the very heart of the tourism industry in the Philippines. The PlasticPlug tackles only this pressing matter but tries to do that with maximum effect. It uses green renewable energy sources and inexpensive mechanical solutions combined High-Tech AI elements coupled with an educational and motivational component. Based on the extensive research world-wide it focusses on river pollution as the main transportation channel for ocean pollution.

Damage to Tourism Industry

The Philippines as a typical water sports and entertainment tourist destination faces the globally omnipresent plastic (and other floating waste) pollution. There is already a strong recognition of this pollution of the “paradise beaches”. The whole Boracay situation is certainly only the tip of the iceberg [12] [13] [14]. Tourism is endangered.

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Urgency and Call for Fast Solution

Besides tourism also the health impact through ocean pollution is massive. But for being able to thoroughly manage their waste most SEA countries will still need years to do so. It is mandatory to act now – fast and effective.

The following document describes strategies to tackle a certain portion of the problem and reduce the ocean pollution drastically. It is also addressing the management of the intercepted waste and the educational and motivational character of the campaign PlasticPlug.

It is aiming at:

  1. Intercepting during rainy season substantial amounts of ocean pollution
  2. Running Self-Sustained without electricity or fuel cost everywhere
  3. Showcase & Motivate-through-success the adjacent communities
  4. Massively reducing the Philippine’s nation impact in ocean pollution

[1] http://www.oceanhealthindex.org/

[2] https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/oceans/

[3] http://www.oceanhealthindex.org/methodology/goals/tourism-and-recreation

[4] https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6185251/Scuba-diver-swims-plastic-pollution-popular-Philippines-dive-spot.html

[5] http://www.oceanhealthindex.org/methodology/goals/coastal-livelihoods-and-economies

[6] https://resource-recycling.com/recycling/2018/10/29/qa-finding-the-recycling-rate-of-the-future/

[7] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328095827_Slow_Crack_Growth_Resistance_of_Non-Virgin_Polymers

[8] https://www.bpf.co.uk/standards/Bio_Based_and_Degradable.aspx

[9] https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/10/individuals-climate-crisis-government-planet-priority

[10] https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.7b02368

[11] https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/05/terrawatch-the-rivers-taking-plastic-to-the-oceans

[12] https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/ShowUserReviews-g1036817-d2646616-r693024082-Alona_Beach-Panglao_Island_Bohol_Province_Visayas.html

[13] https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6800395/Packaging-Nestle-Unilever-Colgate-one-worlds-remote-beauty-spots.html

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