If there were 3 whales left in the Ocean and a boat was leaving the harbour to kill them, what would you do?.......
What we do...
Well we are in that position, except it's not just whales but all life in the Ocean, 50% has been killed over the last 70 years, and the remaining plankton life is dying at a rate of 1% year on year. On our research yacht COPEPOD, we are out on the oceans trying to stop the destruction by;
1. Collecting plankton samples and measuring plastic concentration. Plankton is also analysed for heavy metals and Toxic-For-Ever chemicals, we can then assess the water quality from the measurements.
2. Delivering GOES presentation at every port and at international events
3. Providing information and advice on ocean conservation for; marinas, ports, tour companies, tourists, water companies, governments and industry
4. Running classes for children and adults, we have microscopes on board for showing children the wonders of marine life below the surface
You can make a difference too....
A child was walking along a beach after a storm and found it covered in starfish. Upset at the sight, the child started putting them back in the water one by one. An old man came up and said “what are you doing? There are thousands of starfish-way too many to make a difference” The child looked at the old man, picked up a starfish and put it in the ocean and said. “It made a difference to that one”.
If we all do something such as stop using cosmetics containing Oxybenzone, or reduce the use of plastic, it will make a difference
Mission of Copepod
Plankton from the latin meaning Ocean Drifter include plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton). Copepods are zooplankton from the Subphylum Crustacea, there are 13,000 species of Copepod and this is also the name of our research yacht. We are the only yacht in the world called Copepod.
Our vision and mission is to restore the health of our oceans, mitigate climate change, and bring our planet back to is natural condition before the Chemical Revolution started with the production of toxic forever chemicals and plastic in the 1950’s.
Marine plankton are the lungs for the entire planet, but we have polluted the oceans and poisoned more than 50% of all life. Currently the plankton is dying at a rate of 1% year on year, in 25 years nearly 80% will be lost. We will also lose all the whales, birds, seals and food supply for 2 billion people. We will have runaway climate change, because the life support system for the plant will be gone. We can can recover the oceans if we eliminate micro plastic and toxic chemical pollution and this is the Mission of the GOES Foundation.
Research yacht COPEPOD
Our research yacht is called COPEPOD, named after a small marine animal. Copepods are the most abundant animal in the Ocean.
Copepods usually measure under 1mm in size but collectively they are equivalent to 10 times the mass of all animals and humans on the planet.
When copepods migrate to the water surface every night, they collectively move as much water as the moon and tides.
While sailing we use a plankton trawl to capture Copepods, the number of copepods collected and the species diversity is an indicator of poor or good water quality.
All life on earth including humans, depend upon Copepods, yet most people don't even know they exist.
Sustainable drinking water for rural communities
The Goes Foundation is the CSR project for www.CleanWaterWave.com which is a 100% asset locked social enterprise to bring sustainable clean drinking water to communities around the world that do not have access to clean water and can't afford to buy water.
Many of the island communities and places we visit are water and economically stressed communities where up to 80% of all disease is from the consumption of contaminated water.
The CleanWaterWave team have developed 100% sustainable drinking water systems. In all our travels in Africa and SE Asia we have never seen a rural community drinking water system running for more than 12 months. The CWW CAFE filter (Clean AquaFor Everyone) aims to solve this problem.
THE BAD NEWS
NASA’s satellite imaging states that the mass of phytoplankton plants has been reducing by 1% year on year over the last 20 years. Research by Dalhousie University, published in NATURE, confirms a reduction of more than 40% from 1950's (Up to 2012).
Plankton provide more than up to 90% of our oxygen and remove most of our carbon dioxide. They represent 90% of all biological productivity on the whole planet. In effect 1% of all life on the planet is dying every year.
By 2045 years we will have lost 75-80% of all plankton, the oceans will become more acidic with a pH of 7.95. We will then lose all of the remaining whales, seals, birds and the fish, and along with them a food supply for 2 billion people. Life on Earth is going to change, in fact life on earth may become impossible.
It doesn’t take science to tell you we cannot survive without healthy oceans, common sense tells us we need to stop poisoning them with toxic chemicals and plastic. If we had not killed more than 50% of the plankton with toxic chemicals since the chemical revolution during the 1950’s, then we would not have had elevated CO2 and climate change.
Life on earth will be impossible if we destroy the plankton, and this will happen by 2045 unless we stop the pollution
Did You Know?
Every other breath you take comes from the world’s oceans. In fact, the science indicates that between 50% and 90% of the planet’s oxygen is generated by plankton. The microscopic plants and animals, drifting throughout the oceans, use photosynthesis to generate oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. But oxygen levels are dropping 4 times quicker than carbon dioxide is increasing, this is not climate change, it can only be ecosystem destruction.
Over 30,000 tonnes of Oxybenzone (active component) in sunscreen gets dumped on corals each year when you go swimming. At 62 parts per trillion it is highly toxic to coral and plankton. 70,000 tonnes would wipe out all life in all the world's oceans. Oxybenzone is used as a UV stabilizers in plastic, paint, adhesives and many other products. Global production is more than 3,000,000 tonnes every year.
This demonstrates cause..and effect. We have to stop using chemicals toxic to the environment, because they are also toxic to us.
It is a grim road towards catastrophic ocean system breakdown by 2045...
Because all pollution eventually ends up in the oceans.
sunscreen, pharmaceuticals, care tyres, plastic, herbicides, pesticides, PCBs, PBDE
When it comes to the failing health of our planet, the prevailing focus has been increasing carbon dioxide levels from burning of fossil fuels. It is important to reduce carbon emissions, but we must also eliminate toxic chemical pollution. The oceans are the lungs of the planet but since the Chemical Revolution in the 1950’s and the production of herbicides and pesticides, the oceans are suffocating under a toxic chemical cocktail. Marine toxic chemicals are in every type of household cleaner and personal care product. The world now manufactures thousands of different toxic chemicals that are killing the plankton and halting their ability to produce oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
It is the GOES team’s strongest held belief that If we had not poisoned the oceans, we could have prevented climate change.
It’s absolutely and completely impossible to overestimate the importance of photosynthesis in the maintenance and now delicate balance of life on Earth. We are all witness to the lose of phytoplankton, the decline in oxygen production and the well published CO2 increase — our oceans are already more acidic and climate change is accelerating at a much faster rate than previously predicted.
We must restore our oceans.
It’s not just about saving whales and dolphins – WE cannot survive if we keep poisoning them. If we don’t address this, they’ll become too acidic and we’ll witness a cascade failure of the wider planetary ecosystem. Terrestrial life on earth will become impossible unless you have an oxygen tank on your back! At the current rates of decline, we will reach this tipping point any time in the next 25 years. It will happen quickly, be impossible to reverse, and we will have run-away climate change and mass starvation on a global scale, unless we act now.
THE GOOD NEWS
The GOES Foundation is taking urgent action to lead the essential sea change needed to restore plankton levels and it is this action that can address ocean acidification and global warming. We’re a team of thinking, breathing, well-connected human beings and we believe it is possible to prevent a catastrophic collapse of our life on earth, but we need to take decisive action over the next 10 years or it will be too late.
GOES is working worldwide to halt the poisoning of the oceans by advocating that we should all take a non-toxic approach to how we live: design out and ban all toxic chemicals, hazardous waste and plastics. By preventing toxic chemicals entering the ecosystem,
we can accelerate the recovery of the plankton, health of the oceans and start absorbing more carbon dioxide out from the atmosphere.
Universal sea change requires global engagement. AND it’s easy for you to help. Whether you’re in a position of influence, sailing the oceans or you are simply eager to change a few bad buying habits and protect the world you live in, it’s time to change — go non-toxic!
yacht COPEPOD flying the flag for the Oceans
UNIVERSAL SEA CHANGE
The GOES Foundation is taking urgent action to lead the essential and universal sea change needed to address climate change. We are working worldwide to hold back the toxic wave that is poisoning our oceans.
GOES engages people and organizations at every level of society, from children to world leaders and intrepid adventurers who help by sailing over the oceans at high and low latitudes to collect our plankton samples.
GOES uses all the digital technology and AI tools it can to demonstrate the need for the urgent ban of all toxic chemicals, hazardous waste and plastics from households and industry.
We should really just take a precautionary approach, or a reality check and just stop using highly toxic chemicals. GOES will endeavour to collect thousands of samples to provide indisputable evidence to help policy makers accelerate their decision making and help get these chemicals out of our lives.
Photo from Copepod of the Ria Formosa in Southern Portugal, one of the few remaining sea-horse sanctuaries
The GOES Global Oceanic Environmental Survey is our practical and immediate response to the often financially, logistically challenging scientific surveys. By harnessing the ocean-loving enthusiasm of the international sailing community and providing them with plankton sampling kits, GOES will collect thousands of vitally important samples of plankton from remote places all around the globe.
Through public awareness and easy access educational and learning resources, GOES inspires, mobilises and supports adults and children to change the way they live, and to choose the least toxic products to eat, clean or use in the shower.
Speak plankton to everyone
GOES exists to communicate the urgent need for a change in the global procurement and use of ocean toxic chemicals at every level of society. By engaging with key players in industry, government, science, media and education, we equip those who can make industrial and social change with the information they need to make informed decisions.
Plankton citizen science
It is the ocean sailors around the globe who traverse the open seas who make the GOES project utterly unique. They are at the heart of our research community and their contribution to the GOES metadata which will inform us on the presence of specific persistent chemicals.
ALL HANDS ON DECK
The GOES team have a huge breadth and depth of knowledge and practical experience and expertise encompassing all aspects of the science and its real-world application, from the environmental to the social, economic and the political.
Leading, internationally acclaimed marine biologist, Dr Howard Dryden, takes the helm as Chief Scientific Officer of GOES. As an academic and successful business man, Howard’s 30+ year career has been focused on one vision — to make the aquatic environment safer and cleaner for humans and all the other organisms on which our life depends.
Dr. Dryden has exceptional knowledge and experience of combining biology, chemistry and physical sciences and their application to the real world impact of chemical pollution. His work ranges across every aspect from the supply of safe clean drinking water to fish farming, industrial wastewater management and large-scale environmental disaster control. When he isn’t working, advising on water policy or speaking at conferences around the world, Howard is sailing its coastal and open oceans!
Howard, along with his team of marine biologists, and an experienced globally-connected group of policy makers, communication experts and management consultants are the driving force behind GOES.