THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER
Forming, as it does, 70 % of our blue planet, the ocean is essential for our survival. The biodiversity it contains plays a vital role: the disappearance of a species amongst thousands of others can be enough to make a whole ecosystem disappear.
The ocean contains a lot of minerals, precious metals and energy resources, while regulating the climate and protecting the planet from the greenhouse effect.
Finally, it feeds and provides work to the human population: activities related to it employ approximately 200 million people in the world and fish and marine invertebrates provide more than 2.6 billion people with at least 20% of their average intake of protein per inhabitant.
THE PLASTIC PROBLEM
Every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic are thrown into the ocean. This plastic is concentrated by the oceanic currents in five regions of the world, known as subtropical gyres. Once in the gyres, plastic cannot disappear on its own.
As a result, fishing could disappear by 2048. Corals are expected to have disappeared by 2025.
Alarming forecasts, when you consider that the ocean covers more than 70 % of our planet and is responsible for supporting us: it regulates the climate and absorbs 25 % of the CO2 emitted by human beings and produces half the world's oxygen.
THE MISSION OF THE OCEAN CLEAN UP
Plastic pollution is spread out over millions of kilometres, but in reality, covering such a large area by using ships and nets would take thousands of years and cost billions of dollars.
The Ocean Clean Up has developed a technology which uses oceanic currents as a driving force to recuperate and concentrate the plastic. By suspending a large U-shaped marine anchor in a deep layer of slowly moving water, it's possible to slow down the cleaning system sufficiently and to accumulate the plastic at the centre of the mechanism.
The Ocean Clean Up also studies the best way to recycle the plastic which has been extracted thanks to this cutting edge system.
This is why MOHA is committed to giving 15% of its profits to The Ocean Clean Up organisation, the goal of which is to clean the ocean of plastic, a colossal source of pollution.