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.
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.
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!
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.
…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.
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.
1. Goal — The major project of 2017
2. Goal — Preventive work
3. Goal — Children’s book and training material
4. Goal — The walk2clean camp
RECOGNIZED AS A CHARITY
BIG VISION — TAKE ACTION
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.
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 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.”