CLEANING 1 MILLION FEET OF COASTLINE BAREFOOT

Our project close to our hearts as a sign against litter pollution of the ocean starts in:

BEING ABOUT IT INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT ITWE ARE AN ORGANIZATION, WHICH IS NAMED AFTER ITS FIRST MAJOR PROJECT

 

We are peop­le that no lon­ger want to talk about it but actual­ly be about it.

The fact is that our oce­ans are con­ti­nuous­ly get­ting worse. Our coasts are turning into real dumps more and more. It is time to take action befo­re our oce­ans suf­fo­ca­te. walk2clean is a pro­ject to give some­thing back to the world. But walk2clean is also the name of our envi­ron­men­tal orga­niza­t­i­on with many other upco­m­ing pro­jects.

CLEANING 1 MILLION FEET OF COASTLINE BAREFOOTOUR MAJOR PROJECT IN 2017

 

Our young orga­niza­t­i­on from Schaffhausen (Switzerland) wants to make a point again­st the lit­te­ring of our oce­ans with a cra­zy pro­ject. Our first major pro­ject will start as ear­ly as May 1st, 2017: with one mil­lion steps, bare­foot and with bare hands, we are going to clean a coast­li­ne of 1 mil­lion feet of was­hed up and left behind was­te over the cour­se of at least 3 months.

 

1 Million Feet is a pro­ject clo­se to our hearts and a mas­si­ve spon­so­red walk at the same time.

Why we do that

Did you know that the­re will be more pla­s­tic than fish in our waters in 34 years? Actions are despe­ra­te­ly nee­ded — it is long over­due!

WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS

With walk2clean, we are aiming to achie­ve two things: on the one hand, we want to crea­te awa­ren­ess for the pro­blem of lit­te­ring of our oce­ans through our orga­niza­t­i­on. On the other hand, we want to build other pro­jects as an effec­tive preven­ti­ve mea­su­re through the gene­ra­ted dona­ti­ons. At the same time, this is the focus of our solu­ti­on: peop­le should be sen­si­ti­zed to the topic and avo­id lit­te­ring in the future them­sel­ves. With the com­ple­ti­on of the first walk, crea­ting a “walk2clean camp hou­se” should be pos­si­ble. In it, peop­le from all over the world can edu­ca­te them­sel­ves or active­ly take part in clea­ning or preven­ti­on pro­jects. Future reve­nues and dona­ti­ons will direct­ly bene­fit other activi­ties in the area of envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. By doing this, we ensu­re that all funds are being used for the pur­po­se they were dona­ted for.


We will…

…rai­se awa­ren­ess with regard to mari­ne pol­lu­ti­on
…deve­lop an edu­ca­ti­on pro­gram and pro­mo­te other pro­jects
…remind peop­le of our res­pon­si­bi­li­ty
…deve­lop stron­ger preven­ti­ve mea­su­res
…sup­port tou­rism regi­ons in their fight again­st lit­te­ring


Our visi­on is that…
…other peop­le fol­low the pro­ject
…peop­le take action rather than just talk about it
…this pro­ject will be copied and imple­men­ted often
…the day will come whe­re such pro­jects are no lon­ger necessa­ry



The goal of this pro­ject is to lay the foun­da­ti­on for many other pro­jects of this kind all around the world.

OUR HARD WORK & OUR PROMISE

Our work

The ent­i­re team works vol­un­ta­ri­ly and without pay. During the pro­ject, we work with the simp­lest means. This inclu­des, for exam­ple, going without hou­sing, as we sleep direct­ly on site. There is no such luxu­ry as a show­er or a bed. During this time, all par­ti­ci­pants fore­go their inco­me. All dona­ti­ons and spon­so­red money go towards the pro­jects. We have no wage & admi­nis­tra­ti­on costs.

HOW CANHELP?
  • Help us spre­ad the know­led­ge about the pro­blem of mari­ne pol­lu­ti­on
  • Become part of our team — active­ly on site or pas­si­ve­ly
  • We are always loo­king for peop­le for our back office
  • Become a spon­sor
  • Launch your own pro­ject — we would be hap­py to sup­port you with it
  • Change your own beha­vior towards the envi­ron­ment
  • We also give lec­tures: feel free to book us for your school, for exam­ple
  • Do you have ide­as or input? We have a lar­ge net­work — sign up with us.
FOLLOWING PROJECTSTHIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO DONATIONS

1. Goal — The major pro­ject of 2017

 

2. Goal — Preventive work

 

3. Goal — Children’s book and trai­ning mate­ri­al

 

4. Goal — The walk2clean camp

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OUR ORGANIZATION

100%

VOLUNTARY WORK

0%

WAGE COSTS

100%

RECOGNIZED AS A CHARITY

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BIG VISIONTAKE ACTION

THE PROBLEM

IN 2050, THERE WILL BE MORE PLASTIC THAN FISH IN THE OCEAN…”

 

More than 6.4 mil­lion tons of was­te ends up in our oce­ans each year. Thereby, espe­cial­ly pla­s­tic was­te is beco­m­ing an ever grea­ter dan­ger for the fasci­na­ting ani­mal world. However, not only our oce­ans are bur­de­ned. Our rivers are also affec­ted and trans­port thou­sands of tons of was­te to the oce­an, and even small ponds and lakes are often misu­s­ed as dumps.

NUMBERS & FACTS

How much pla­s­tic is in our oce­ans?

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) esti­ma­tes that meanw­hi­le up to 18,000 pie­ces of pla­s­tic are swim­ming on each squa­re kilo­me­ter of water sur­face. In the Great Pacific gar­ba­ge patch, the amount of pla­s­tic exceeds the amount of plank­ton by a fac­tor of six in some parts.


How much was­te ends up in the oce­an each year?

More than 6.4 mil­lion tons of was­te ends up in our oce­ans each year, about 75 per­cent of which is made of pla­s­tic.


How many ani­mals die from the con­se­quen­ces of was­te in the oce­an?

One mil­lion mari­ne birds and up to 100,000 mari­ne mam­m­als die each year from the con­se­quen­ces of mari­ne lit­ter. For 136 mari­ne spe­ci­es, it is known that they regu­lar­ly get tan­g­led up and stran­gu­la­ted in parts of was­te. 43 per­cent of all spe­ci­es of wha­les and dol­phins, all spe­ci­es of turt­les, and 36 per­cent of the mari­ne birds acci­den­tal­ly eat was­te.


Where does the was­te come from?

Worldwide, up to 80 per­cent of was­te comes from land: via unpu­ri­fied, muni­ci­pal was­te­wa­ters, ille­gal dumps, tou­rism, and free-time activi­ties in and along the oce­an. Up to 10 per­cent comes from fis­hing. This inclu­des lost fis­hing nets, catching bas­kets, or lines. In addi­ti­on, the­re are lar­ge amounts of ille­gal­ly dis­po­sed ship-generated was­te and was­te from oil plat­forms or aqua­cul­tu­re faci­li­ties.


How is the was­te disper­sed in the oce­an?

Only 15 per­cent of mari­ne lit­ter floats on the sur­face of the water, 70 per­cent ends up on the bot­tom of the oce­an, and ano­ther 15 per­cent even­tual­ly reaches the coasts. Today, sci­en­tists have iden­ti­fied at least five lar­ge was­te gyres.

OUR REWARD

Our ent­i­re team works vol­un­ta­ri­ly and without pay. This means that we do not pay any wages. However, the expe­ri­en­ce and the know­led­ge of doing some­thing good are worth more than all the money in the world.

The expe­ri­en­ces that you will make, for exam­ple in our team or during the 1 mil­lion feet pro­ject, are pri­ce­l­ess. We can say from our expe­ri­en­ce, “If we did not have addi­tio­nal pro­fes­si­ons, we would com­mit our­sel­ves ful­ly to the­se pro­jects.”

IMPRESSION

Project week 2016

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