MEETYOO x OCEAN BLUE: SHIFTING THE TIMELINE WITH VIRTUAL EVENTS SUSTAINABILITY
Imagine going to the beach to enjoy the sunshine, the sand, and go for a swim in the ocean. On your way to the water, you see a lot of plastics and debris scattered on the shore— some are even floating in the water! That kind of scenario is a call for virtual events sustainability.
The debris you see barely scratches the surface of our plastic problem. Ocean Currents Maps.
This problem needs a solution. The solution is us. No matter where we are around the world, we can help through virtual events sustainability. We’re all called to join sustainable events with the potential to shift our timeline from a polluted ocean to a clean one. Will you answer it?
SHIFTING THE TIMELINE: COLLECTIVE MISSION OF MEETYOO AND OCEAN BLUE
We at Ocean Blue Project are on a mission—a critical quest to solve a growing problem. We want to remove millions of plastics from our one world. Our vision is to bring back a healthy and clean sea for the next generation. Our values of Collaboration, Equality and Action fuel our cause.
As a non-profit organization, we want people, like you, to be part of our programs and initiatives. We always ensure that our events are sustainable—meeting the needs of our planet and connecting the people to our mission. We’re thankful for individuals and organizations whose values align with ours.
One of these organizations is MEETYOO—answering the call of cleaning the ocean.
Sustainable events and practices are the bread and butter of MEETYOO. They’re committed to environmental and social responsibility. With much enthusiasm, they often join many sustainable and charitable activities including clean-up drives and fundraisers.
MEETYOO’s support for Ocean Blue Project provided the much-needed workforce and resources to move forward. They’re a great helping hand in our quest of shifting the timeline, one plastic at a time.
ONE PLASTIC CHANGES EVERYTHING: WHAT PLASTIC DOES TO THE OCEAN
Plastics are accumulating at a frightening speed. Even a small plastic wrap of candy hurts the ocean.
Every year, 5 trillion plastics end up in our waters. Overwhelming? It is only 0.01% of the total plastic our world produces — 380 million tons.
Most of these end up just sitting in our ocean basins. The most alarming and extensive example of plastic accumulation is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It’s located in the Northern Pacific ocean basin, and the region’s intensive fishing and coastal activities cause it.
Plastics are a threat to marine wildlife. From tiny finches and turtles to massive orcas and whales, thousands of aquatic animals die due to eating plastics or getting entangled.
Larger debris harms the coral tissues, resulting in coral reefs becoming corrupted by the bacteria present in the plastics, leading to degradation. The disease development affects the marine animals living in them. 14% of coral reefs worldwide have already been lost due to plastic pollution and other intensive human aquatic activities.
Unlike other waste, plastics don’t degrade—it merely breaks down into smaller particles called microplastics. These microparticles are hazardous to the overall sea life and water quality since they can be absorbed and easily digested. The toxicity of the water can potentially poison sea forms.
HAND IN HAND SUPPORT: OCEAN BLUE’S MICROPLASTIC AND DEBRIS RECOVERY PROGRAM
The quest to make a change starts with sustainable events like beach clean-ups. At Ocean Blue Project, we’re serious about our mission to clean up millions of plastics, and it begins with action and a call for help.
Ocean Blue’s Microplastic and Debris Recovery Program aims to recover plastics one at a time through various clean-up events. We also create strategies to help us pursue our goal in the fastest and most sustainable way possible. We encourage businesses and organizations to join us in our mission to keep our one world ocean plastic-free.
Through the support of environmentally responsible organizations, we want to develop a new ocean cleanup machine that can recover microplastics along United States beaches. This advanced ocean cleanup technology will help us collect and analyze microplastics and identify root cause solutions.
MEETYOO is one of the organizations supporting our program through an Annual Corporate Membership. The company has directly lent a hand in recovering thousands of pounds of plastic and debris this year, 2022.
Their support provides a significant difference in reducing the plastics that will scatter further into the depths of our ocean.
SUSTAINABLE EVENTS TO SIGN UP FOR
Shifting the timeline one plastic at a time is a mission that requires everyone’s help—including you. You can start by being a part of sustainable events happening in your community, or even at your home.
Address the problem by starting in your backyard! You can make a vast difference in simple actions like using less plastic and recycling. There are a lot of plastic-free alternatives for daily needs, like cloth bags, glass jars, and biodegradable containers.
There are many ways to help our environment, but the key is always to give your time and effort. If you believe in a plastic-free ocean, Ocean Blue Project has sustainable events that you can sign up for.
Be a volunteer for a beach clean-up drive near you!
There are a lot of community clean-ups scheduled that will welcome your helping hand. One beach clean-up can gather thousands of plastics and debris, and you will be doing our ocean a great favor.
If you volunteer, send us a photo of the clean-up. Share with us your experience and insights into our plastic-free mission.
CLEAN UP ANYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD
Are there no current beach clean-ups near you on schedule? You can create one yourself!
Ocean Blue Project aims to ensure virtual events sustainability. We’re letting you lead the change for your local beaches. Create a clean-up drive, and we can brainstorm about it through virtual meetings.
Gather your friends, family, and community as your clean-up crew. Help your favorite local beaches or shores to become plastic-free. Take photos before and after with closeups of your crew cleaning up the coast.
Once you’re done, weigh the plastic and debris you collected. Because we value your effort, volunteers with the highest weight and most exciting finds win a prize.
Let us keep the enthusiasm to make our environment healthier for every being!
DONATE TO A PLASTIC-FREE OCEAN, RIVERS, AND BEACHES
Your donations can also fuel the sustainability of every clean-up drive, fundraiser and other environmental actions we want to push out—even remotely.
Your donation helps us protect our natural water resources from pollution. With your help, we can save the ocean habitats and make it a healthier environment for the people and wildlife. Your tangible help will support our clean-up drives to remove plastics and debris from coastlines, beaches, and riversides.
As a gratitude for your support, we’re giving away a Blue Ocean water bottle when you become an annual member. You only need to donate 50$ or more to become an OBP member!
You can also donate like MEETYOO through our Annual Corporate Membership. Your organizational support will propel our goal of developing an advanced ocean cleanup technology. We want to solve the microplastic problem that contaminates the ocean’s water quality with this vision.
Your charitable sponsorship will be our stepping stone towards a plastic-free tomorrow.
SHIFT THE TIMELINE NOW
Follow Blue Ocean Project on social media platforms and sign up for our newsletters. Be informed of new virtual and sustainable events to sign up for.
The state of our water resources is in desperate need of collaborative solutions from us all. In the long run, we’re the ones being affected by the growing pollution problem.
It’s why we must shift the timeline. We have to take action for a better tomorrow and a healthier environment—one plastic at a time.
Author Bio: Samantha Ileto is a copywriter at a local marketing agency. She believes that her skills in writing go beyond office work. Fueled by her sense of purpose, she volunteers for conscious social and environmental non-profits. Her goal is to uplift other people’s lives and be part of a movement that will cause change—no matter how big or small.