Solution: GLOBAL ALERT Floating Trash
To address the problem of increasing marine debris flowing to our ocean, the Ocean Recovery Alliance has created Global Alert, an innovative, online tool that will increase interaction and connectivity to the issue by allowing users to report, rate and map plastic pollution levels in their rivers via mobile devices and web-based platforms. This will broaden awareness, aggregate information flow, and spur solutions to reduce plastic debris outflows via the world's rivers. Global Alert will accomplish this goal by addressing a number of issues that include:
- Enabling community participation for reporting and problem solving, thus shrinking the gap in awareness about floating trash for those living upriver and the ocean. This will be accomplished through visual online maps, clear data comparisons, empowered community engagement and effective communication.
- Highlighting the need for consistent and active stewardship focusing on rivers as a source of debris outflow, and the responsibility that local communities and governments have towards keeping them clean.
- Providing a global awareness and monitoring tool to allow broad audiences to gain knowledge of hotspots, or troubled areas, stimulating the potential for cleanup or capture of debris.
By visualizing the problems on a map, along with being able to learn about best practices for cleanup and prevention programs, community groups can develop better recycling programs and plastic management strategies, ultimately leading to less floating trash making its way to the ocean. Global Alert will be easy for citizens and school groups to See, Share and Solve their floating trash problems. Users will be able to upload photos or videos of trash in their water systems or coastlines, and then give them a rating that's based on the volume of trash they see. Monitoring agencies and community groups will be able to add, review, visualize and analyze their own data as well as Global Alert data provided by the community, empowering them to make positive steps for improvements.
Global Alert is an international tool to help tackle the problem of plastic waste in our environment, and is something that all of us can use within our own local conditions, in order to be part of the solution. The sum of all the parts will help to bring broad-based improvements on a global scale. Global Alert will shape the way that communities play an integral role in bettering their environments; inspiring cooperation, collaboration and solutions. Together we can leave a legacy of healthy oceans, rivers and engaged communities.
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