THE JIMMY OCEAN PROJECT - OCEAN POLLUTION-THE FUNKY SOLUTION
Hi, I'm David Raine, My connections with the sea run deep, I’ve owned ocean-going square riggers, sailed dhows, Viking longboats and even dugout canoes,I’ve stroked a sperm whale, talked to dolphins and hugged a shark, made films in the East Greenland ice, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean and the Norwegian Artic.
And now I have a new challenge. NO PLASTIC FISH ON MY GRAND DAUGHTERS DINNER PLATE.
IF WE ARE ABLE TO INSPIRE JUST ONE YOUNG PERSON TO DISCOVER THE COMPLETE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF PLASTIC OCEAN POLLUTION - POSSIBLY THROUGH A SCIENTIFIC BREAK-THROUGH OF A NEW RANGE OF PLASTICS THAT BIO-DEGRADE INTO FISH FOOD, THEN WHAT A SUCCESS THIS PROJECT WOULD HAVE BEEN. YOU CAN MAKE THAT DREAM A REALITY.
IT TAKES ONLY A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY FROM MANY PEOPLE. BE ONE OF THOSE.
During my lifetime the oceans have become increasingly polluted with discarded plastic and I want to do something about that. I need your help to do it.
Together with my expert team, are running a campaign to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans. The campaign is called The Jimmy Ocean Project and it involves making lamps from rubbish bits of plastic collected on the beach. We want children worldwide to think about how plastic is used and discarded in the future – microscopic plastic is being found by scientists in fish; that is just appalling. Schools will be our focus and our hope when it comes to clearing up the mess that is developing in the seas and on the beaches all over the planet. You can help by making a contribution – 5 dollars buys 10 school info packs. That could be the difference that you make! We also need comments on the campaign site, so please leave a message. The link to the site is - http://www.indiegogo.com/jimmyoceanproject This really does matter so much. I live in Cornwall, walk the dogs on the beach most mornings and see first hand the mess washed up with each tide. Thanks again. Let’s do this together. David Raine. www.coastlamps.co
NO PLASTIC FISH ON MY GRAND DAUGHTERS DINNER PLATE.
The aim of the Jimmy/Bibi Ocean Project is to raise awareness of the rapidly increasing plastic pollution in our oceans and to do it in a funky innovative way that gets attention.
The solar powered lamps will be made from collected beach plastic, either collected by you or by us. If you collect plastic beach polluting bits, mail them to us, then that Jimmy or Bibi lamp will uniquely yours.
The lamps are intended to remind everyone that our oceans are precious and that they should not be polluted with discarded plastic.
Plastic does not biodegrade it photo degrades into smaller and smaller pieces that last forever.
Initially we will make two solar powered lamp models - Jimmy Ocean and Bibi Ocean, 35cm high – price including delivery worldwide will be $90. As we grow our beach plastic lamp range will increase, also there will be special editions.
It’s a question of getting the message out.
WE NEED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT HUGE – GLOBALLY HUGE - TO MATCH THE PROBLEM.
The more money that we get then the quicker we can spread the word that our fish are eating plastic – just think about that…..that’s horrible!
Please contribute a min. of $5 - five dollars is 10 school info packs.
(Scientific details further on – keep reading.)
We’ll be a non-profit making organization dedicated to cleaning the oceans and income will be shared between three organizations that are already doing significant work in the field of ocean pollution clean-up www.oceanplastic.net, www.sas.org.uk and www.5gyres.org
YOU MIGHT NOT WANT A JIMMY LAMP SO HERE'S AN EXTRA OFFER ON TOP OF THE INDIEGOGO PERKS -
THE COAST LAMPS FREE OFFER: Contribute $150.00 or more to the campaign and Coast Lamps will send you one Pool lamp for free. If you contribute $250.00 or more and you will receive a Rock Pool lamp for FREE. Sorry but we do have to charge for shipping which we will do at cost, ( UK, for example £7.90, Europe, £18.00, elsewhere please us the ‘contact’ via Coast Lamps website for a shipping price – www.coastlamps.co. These lamps sell for on my website for £125.00, Pool ($200.00) and £150, Rock Pool ($230.00) so this really is an extraordinary offer but I believe that it helps to illustrate my commitment to The Jimmy Ocean Project. On top of receiving the FREE Pool or Rock Pool lamp, which will be shipped to you within 30 days, you will get the perks, Limited Edition Bibi or Jimmy lamp, as listed on Indiegogo, so you get two lamps plus the other things and and we will have money to raise ocean pollution awareness - a real win,win situation. WE JUST WANT THIS TO WORK! A RECENT STUDY CARRIED OUT BY PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY, UK, AS REPORTED IN THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER, Feb. 24th 2013 - ONE THIRD OF FISH IN THE ENGLISH CHANNEL HAVE PLASTIC IN THEM. [ To read article please visit - www.facebook.com/jimmyoceanproject]
One-third of fish caught in Channel have plastic contamination, study shows
- guardian.co.uk, Thursday 24 January 2013 16.39 GMT
THE SERIOUS STUFF! The core of the problem.
Our oceans are becoming seriously polluted with discarded plastic, billions of pieces that last forever photo-degrading into microscopic pieces that are entering the marine food chain.
In the North Pacific Ocean a floating island of plastic has formed by the gyration of ocean currents which is twice the size of Texas. Floating plastic islands are forming the same way in all oceans.
Granulated plastic is forming beaches on Pacific islands.
Discarded plastic is even reaching the Arctic and the Antarctic – areas that previously were synonymous the idea of pristine nature.
When I collected driftwood as a boy plastic pollution barely existed and now it is the scourge of our beaches and of our seas.
It’s intended that the Jimmy and Bibi lamps will be our ambassadors for behavioural change, but also, and very importantly, a beautiful functioning lamp for your home.
From the - 5 Gyres Foundation - ‘One of the most serious threats to our oceans is plastics pollution. Plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. Why is there so much plastic in the ocean? Unlike other types of trash, plastic does not biodegrade; instead, it photo-degrades with sunlight, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces, but they never really disappear. These plastic pieces are eaten by marine life, wash up on beaches, or break down into microscopic plastic dust, attracting more debris.
Plastic is also swept away by ocean currents, landing in swirling vortexes called ocean gyres. The North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California is home to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest ocean garbage site in the world. The floating mass of plastic is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life by a measure of 6 to 1. These floating garbage sites are impossible to fully clean up.
Plastic poses a significant threat to the health of sea creatures, both big and small. Over 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds die each year from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic.
Plastic is also unusually toxic once it enters the ocean environment. Plastic particles are magnets for different types of pollutants, such as DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) and POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants), and expel harmful chemicals such as BPA (Bisphenol A). Organisms at the bottom of the food chain, such as plankton and krill, ingest the chemicals along with the microscopic plastic particles. As larger fish consume the smaller ones, the chemicals work their way up the food chain. Ultimately, people consume the largest fish, having a devastating effect on human health.
It takes 500-1000 years for plastic to degrade. Even if we stopped using plastics today, they will remain with us for many generations, threatening both human and ocean health. Despite these alarming facts, there are ac
ABOUT THE LAMPS: Initially we plan to have two solar powered LED lamps, a mini and a maxi Jimmy and a Bibi lamp. Both lamps will have head, hands and feet made from sea washed plastic collected from beaches, the arms, legs and neck will be flexible, stay-put tubing so that the lamps can be bent to take on different characteristics – they can be a happy or sad as you want them to be. The feet will be partly cast stone and plastic to give the lamps weight at the feet and thus stability.
The cast body of the lamp will contain the battery and solar charging unit; the solar panel will be at the back of the body so that they can be charged up standing in the window during the day. At the moment the light lasts for four hours per charge but with the new solar units we hope to extend that to six or beyond. Designing a special unit particular to our needs is one of the important reasons that we are seeking funding.
We will also make mains electricity versions of both the Jimmy and Bibi lamps using a low energy LED bulb. These lamps will initially only be available in the UK and Europe – or as special orders. They will be the same cost as the solar lamps in the standard mini and maxi versions. Special lamp orders will cost more and will be priced on an individual basis.
tions we can take to address the problem of plastics.’
ABOUT ME: I make sculptural lamps and have a lamp making business supplying twenty or more shops and galleries in Cornwall, England - www.coastlamps.co Please take a moment and check it out the lamps have a coastal theme but are very different to the Jimmy/Bibi lamps.
In my youth I collected driftwood and made things and I still do. I’ve lived on or close to the sea most of my life – so the Jimmy Ocean Project is as close to my heart as anything could be.
At one time in my life I was a partner in a company owning five square- rigged sailing ships which we used for film work worldwide – film credits include, Revolution, Columbus, Eric the Viking, Last Place on Earth, Crusoe, amongst dozens of others. The company was, still is but without me - WWW.SQUARE-SAIL.COM
I’ve lain in bowsprit netting, mid ocean and talked to dolphins jumping the bow wave within touching distance; and I’ve seen a sperm whale asleep on the surface in the mauve dawn light on the edge of the Greenland pack ice.
That is not a world where plastic garbage should be.
OUR BRILLIANT TEAM - There are five of us, six with me.
Rebecca Harvey – Internationally acclaimed ceramicist, marathon runner and dog walker/plastic collector. www.rebeccaharvey.com
Richard Tennant – Creative director of the design company, Nimble Jack, London – www.nimblejack.co.uk
Amber Raine – My beautiful daughter, an international marketing specialist – speaking fluent French and Spanish.
Tom Tennant - works for Disney Animation and who will be making animated promo videos for YouTube of Jimmy and Bibi dancing out of the sea.
THE CRUX OF THE MATTER! …..WHY WE NEED FUNDING:
Ocean pollution is an urgent problem worsening exponentially daily so we need to act quickly. We need Jimmy and Bibi to become internationally known eco-warriors that kids in classrooms, on seaside holidays, in the street or in their homes can relate to, and to say, when plastic is thoughtlessly used or carelessly tossed away: ‘Bibi and Jimmy are switched on and watching.’
- $50,000 dollars will enable us to have 5000 specially designed solar lamp units manufactured.
- It will enable us to make a series of animated Bibi/Jimmy videos to run on YouTube for the all important marketing and brand establishment.
- We will be able to construct a Jimmy Ocean Project website where we can keep everyone updated.
- We will be able to gear up merchandising production and employ two people for full time social media networking, pushing the Jimmy Ocean message out. – $50,000 will enable us to get this amazing project started.
INFO PACKS FOR SCHOOLS -
Your money will provide thousands of information packs for schools. These packs will contain ocean pollution information, games etc, presented in a quirky but informative way, a pre-paid return packet for sending collected plastic to us for lamp making and other fun things like Jimmy/Bibi badges and stickers.
It’s all about getting a viral buzz going in all forms of media, and down every street, every backwater, into every home, into Africa, Asia and to every Pacific island.
Global! Global! Global!
Your contribution can change everything.
Your money can start to clean our polluted oceans.
It’s that simple, it’s that simple - it really is that simple.
REWARDS/TREATS/INVESTMENT – What is in it for you?
The Jimmy Ocean Project will only work if millions of people get involved. Those of us enmeshed in the modern consumer society are the villains; to make a real difference to the level of plastic used and discarded would, in a perfect world, need us all to act differently than we do at present.
In essence The Jimmy Ocean Project will belong to everyone.
I’m reminded of an edict from Chairman Mao Zedong when China had a plague of flies – he ordered the entire billion plus Chinese population to kill one hundred flies per day.
In a year that’s a mountain of flies!
Apply the same rule to plastic globally – problem solved!
And we can apply the rule but in a smaller way – social media is the key.
In this way for instance: Collect/recycle 100 pieces of plastic, send us an image and your email address and we will reward you with a Jimmy/Bibi Ocean ‘I collected 100 Pieces of plastic’ certificate which you can print out.
500 pieces and you will be rewarded with stickers.
1000 pieces and you will be awarded a Jimmy or a beautiful Bibi Ocean badge.
(For the last two categories we’ll need your full postal address.)
And please don't forget to just spread the word, even if you're unable to contribute finanacially then just tell others about The Jimmy Ocean Project because that's what it really all about - SPREADING THE WORD. THANKS.
By using the rapidly expanding modern communication technology we have the potential to reach billions of people and that is what makes The Jimmy Ocean Project so exciting – it would have excited Chairman Mao…..… just imagine how many flies he could have ordered to be killed globally via text.
Certificates, stickers and badges are the starter level and this level will always be free but higher levels will be rewarded with T shirts and mini and maxi Jimmy and Bibi Ocean lamps for which we will need to charge. These can be pre-ordered now with a 10% discount or later bought online from The Jimmy Ocean Project website.
We will be also running a scheme via The Jimmy Ocean Project website where by collecting plastic is rewarded with points which will go towards getting lamps and other merchandising at discount prices– verifying images needed. Details of this scheme will be on the website.
Contributors we want by the millions but partners we would like just two. Invest $100,000 get 1% per annum of Jimmy Ocean Project net profit not to mention tons of extraordinary eco kudos because you could choose to have your profile on our The Jimmy Ocean Project website. The right partners would also have the opportunity to be part of our merchandising.
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What We Need & What You Get
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