05/06/2007 | by Alex Dick-Read
“The oceans are in trouble, the coasts are in trouble; our marine resources are in trouble. These are not challenges we can sweep aside” - James Watkins, Head of US Commission on Ocean Policy
OceanGybe is a sailing and surfing expedition designed to promote ocean conservation and protection. During the three year journey the OceanGybe team will sail around the world in search of remote coastlines and surf breaks. Gathering data from these remote areas, OceanGybe aims to bring awareness to the vast tracts of undocumented ocean pollution that affects the coastlines and the people who depend on them for survival. OceanGybe consists of Vancouver-based activists Bryson Robertson and Hugh Patterson. It is an expedition to promote change: Change in the direction of this great planet towards a more sustainable future.
As sailors and surfers, the ocean is the source of our passion and lifestyle. Intimately aware of the fragility of the world’s oceans, we were inspired to take action to raise awareness and aid conservation efforts. Our dream is now taking shape – the OceanGybe Global Research & Outreach Expedition.
Our goal is to generate awareness of the interconnectedness and importance of global oceans. By researching and educating others about the state of ocean habitat, we hope that people will become aware of the effects of their choices and actions on the ocean environment. We hope to inspire them to take care of their local waters, and encourage them to help conserve the global waters.
Our voyage will take us through every major ocean on earth, to some of the most pristine and untouched coasts but also to some of the most heavily polluted and destroyed ocean environments. Our goal is to create awareness in every country we visit and inspire action in every person we touch. Over the entire duration of the trip, we will:
• Document and record marine pollution and its effect on isolated, deserted islands and beaches.
• Travel to, document and report on The Great Pacific Gyre — an enormous floating garbage dump about the size of Texas that is largely made up of plastics.
• Regularly update all our findings on-line, and make them available through print and broadcast media, educational institutions and international research and environmental organizations.
• Pre-arrange meetings, school presentations, press interviews and public exposure events in order to bring environmental awareness to the communities we visit.
• To use the latest communication technology to post timely information and interact with participating partners.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead