“Our Plastic Ocean”, the OceanGybe movie TRAILER

OUR PLASTIC OCEAN is the global adventure of three young surfers whose ultimate sailing trip transforms them through their first hand experience with the reality of the declining state of our oceans.

 

 

OUR PLASTIC OCEAN is the global adventure of three young surfers whose ultimate sailing trip transforms them through their first hand experience with the reality of the declining state of our oceans.

From shore to shore one thing stays the same: plastic; an abundant presence that knows no borders; a persistent substance whose lifespan is as of yet unknown. The disturbing reality is that every single piece of plastic ever created by man still exists. The rising volume of plastic in our oceans is frightening.

Three young men left their jobs to embark on the 3 year expedition they’d always dreamed of. They left their Vancouver lives behind and ventured off to meet the sailboat that would take them offshore to explore isolated surf breaks around the world. Their mission to spread the words of ocean conservation becomes a passion as each additional plastic choked high tide line imprints itself on their psyche.

The further and more remote their travels become, the more shocked they are by the relentless beach trash on the uninhabited shores. The realization these pieces will not biodegrade hits them hard. Exploring remote beaches and talking with indigenous peoples around the world engages their adventure into an urgent mission, and crystallizes their message that we, the human race, are running out of time and need to act now.

Each new country they visit brings more and more information from various initiatives, or lack thereof. Presentations at schools start to trump the surfing. Each new country brings a discovery of yet another ocean conservation initiative driven by the sport of surfing, and populated by those that love the ocean the surfers themselves.

The summer of 2010 will be the last leg of their journey. The Pacific Ocean will be a welcome sight, but also a tragic one. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a vortex twice the size of Texas where the ocean’s plastics are collected by the circulating ocean currents. The plastic is packed so densely in this gyre that the broken down molecules outnumber the zooplankton by a ration of 6 to 1. It is this quiet, windless patch of ocean that they will solemnly pass through before they reach their home shores.

And though Vancouvers beaches are reasonable well groomed, we don’t have to travel far to see that this global issue effects Canada’s shores, as plastic migration knows no boundaries.

It is through awareness that the greatest initiatives have found success. From a modern world that is currently waking up to the scourge of the plastic bag and the take out container, these young men are dedicated to change, and have faith in hope.



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