Advocacy‌ ‌and‌ ‌Support‌ ‌for‌ ‌Local‌ ‌Communities‌ ‌on‌ ‌Ocean‌ ‌Pollution‌

Posted Oct 07 2021 in About

Our‌ future‌ ‌depends‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌water‌ ‌we‌ ‌all‌ ‌share‌ ‌and‌ ‌love.‌ ‌So‌ ‌we‌ ‌have‌ ‌to‌ ‌care‌ ‌about‌ ‌pollutants‌ ‌that‌ ‌ harm‌ ‌marine‌ ‌life‌ ‌and‌ ‌disrupt‌ ‌the‌ ‌ecosystems‌ ‌both‌ ‌in‌ ‌and‌ ‌out‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌water.‌ ‌One‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌groups‌ ‌ striving‌ ‌for‌ ‌environmental‌ ‌change‌ ‌is‌ ‌our‌ ‌partner‌ ‌-‌ ‌the‌ ‌Clean‌ ‌Ocean‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌in‌ ‌Australia.‌ ‌

We‌ ‌support‌ ‌the‌ ‌foundation‌ ‌that‌ ‌gives‌ ‌voice‌ ‌to‌ ‌pressing‌ ‌problems.‌ ‌The‌ ‌group‌ ‌advocates‌ ‌and‌ ‌
addresses‌ ‌issues‌ ‌connected‌ ‌with‌ ‌ocean‌ ‌pollution,‌ ‌outfall‌ ‌waste,‌ ‌circular‌ ‌economy,‌ ‌and‌ ‌
overall‌ ‌community‌ ‌wellbeing.‌

Learn‌ ‌more‌ ‌about‌ ‌their‌ ‌fight‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌ocean‌ ‌in‌ ‌this‌ ‌short‌ ‌article:‌ ‌
Community‌ ‌and‌ ‌Environment‌ ‌Support‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌Clean‌ ‌Ocean‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌

Clean‌ ‌Ocean‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌is‌ ‌an‌ ‌environmental‌ ‌charity‌ ‌organization‌ ‌that’s‌ ‌been‌ ‌around‌ ‌for‌ ‌

more‌ ‌than‌ ‌20‌ ‌years,‌ ‌changing‌ ‌Australia‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌better.‌ ‌The‌ ‌foundation‌ ‌runs‌ ‌on‌ ‌positive‌ ‌

contributions‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌form‌ ‌of‌ ‌donations‌ ‌from‌ ‌patrons‌ ‌who‌ ‌care‌ ‌about‌ ‌the‌ ‌ocean‌ ‌and‌ ‌its‌ ‌

preservation.‌ ‌


The‌ ‌Clean‌ ‌Ocean‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌vast‌ ‌advocate‌ ‌for‌ ‌communities‌ ‌around‌ ‌Australia‌ ‌that‌ ‌face‌ ‌

devastating‌ ‌ocean‌ ‌pollution‌ ‌problems‌ ‌due‌ ‌to‌ ‌unacceptable‌ ‌outfall‌ ‌and‌ ‌waste‌ ‌disposal‌ ‌

practices.‌ ‌Their‌ ‌mission‌ ‌is‌ ‌simple‌ ‌-‌ ‌protecting‌ ‌and‌ ‌saving‌ ‌the‌ ‌ocean.‌ ‌How?‌ ‌By‌ ‌eradicating‌ ‌

ocean‌ ‌pollution‌ ‌and‌ ‌preserving‌ ‌the‌ ‌marine‌ ‌environment‌ ‌one‌ ‌project‌ ‌at‌ ‌a‌ ‌time.‌ ‌ ‌

The‌ ‌Fierce‌ ‌Battle‌ ‌Against‌ ‌Ocean‌ ‌Pollution‌ ‌

Challenges‌ ‌

One‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌main‌ ‌challenges‌ ‌the‌ ‌environmental‌ ‌group‌ ‌faces‌ ‌is‌ ‌dealing‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌bureaucracy‌ ‌of‌ ‌corporations‌ ‌dumping‌ ‌poorly‌ ‌treated‌ ‌waste‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌waters.‌ ‌When‌ ‌the‌ ‌eco-friendly‌ ‌approach‌ ‌

affects‌ ‌certain‌ ‌people‌ ‌of‌ ‌power’s‌ ‌interests,‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌hard‌ ‌enforcing‌ ‌change‌ ‌without‌ ‌community‌ ‌

pressure‌ ‌and‌ ‌sometimes‌ ‌even‌ ‌legal‌ ‌precautions.‌ ‌

In‌ ‌those‌ ‌cases,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Clean‌ ‌Ocean‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌is‌ ‌an‌ ‌honest‌ ‌broker‌ ‌supporting‌ ‌the‌ ‌local‌ ‌

communities‌ ‌in‌ ‌their‌ ‌save-the-ocean‌ ‌campaigns.‌ ‌They‌ ‌navigate‌ ‌and‌ ‌support‌ ‌locals‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌

complex‌ ‌government‌ ‌means‌ ‌allowing‌ ‌pollution‌ ‌to‌ ‌happen‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌first‌ ‌place.‌ ‌The‌ ‌foundation‌ ‌

brings‌ ‌the‌ ‌issue‌ ‌to‌ ‌light‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌authorities‌ ‌and‌ ‌even‌ ‌the‌ ‌media.‌ ‌ 

Expertise‌ ‌

Advocacy‌ ‌is‌ ‌another‌ ‌important‌ ‌role‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Clean‌ ‌Ocean‌ ‌Foundation.‌ ‌Thanks‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌access‌ ‌to‌ ‌

volunteer‌ ‌experts,‌ ‌the‌ ‌environmental‌ ‌charity‌ ‌can‌ ‌provide‌ ‌professional‌ ‌aid‌ ‌whenever‌ ‌needed.‌ ‌ ‌


Dealing‌ ‌with‌ ‌approval‌ ‌processes‌ ‌is‌ ‌hard,‌ ‌as‌ ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌intentionally‌ ‌outlined‌ ‌to‌ ‌overlook‌ ‌the‌ ‌

adoption‌ ‌of‌ ‌sustainable‌ ‌practices‌ ‌in‌ ‌water‌ ‌recycling‌ ‌and‌ ‌waste‌ ‌management.‌ ‌With‌ ‌extensive‌ ‌

experience‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌ocean‌ ‌pollution‌ ‌field,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Clean‌ ‌Ocean‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌ultimate‌ ‌support‌ ‌

locals‌ ‌could‌ ‌get.‌ ‌ ‌

Partnerships‌ ‌

Clean‌ ‌Ocean‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌works‌ ‌closely‌ ‌with‌ ‌communities,‌ ‌eco‌ ‌groups,‌ ‌non-profits,‌ ‌NGOs,‌ ‌

businesses,‌ ‌governments,‌ ‌and‌ ‌environmentally‌ ‌aware‌ ‌partners‌ ‌like‌ ‌‌ ‌to‌ ‌disrupt‌ ‌bad‌ ‌

waste‌ ‌practices‌ ‌and‌ ‌reduce‌ ‌marine‌ ‌pollution.‌ ‌

The‌ ‌support‌ ‌from‌ ‌patrons‌ ‌who‌ ‌make‌ ‌donations‌ ‌to‌ ‌their‌ ‌cause‌ ‌helps‌ ‌the‌ ‌foundation‌ ‌keep‌ ‌up‌ ‌

their‌ ‌research‌ ‌going‌ ‌and‌ ‌make‌ ‌a‌ ‌real‌ ‌environmental‌ ‌change.‌ ‌That‌ ‌change‌ ‌is‌ ‌working‌ ‌towards‌ ‌

minimizing‌ ‌waste‌ ‌spillage‌ ‌following‌ ‌the‌ ‌closure‌ ‌of‌ ‌outfalls‌ ‌or‌ ‌their‌ ‌upgrade‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌world's‌ ‌best‌ ‌

sustainable‌ ‌practices.‌ ‌ ‌

Current‌ ‌Community‌ ‌Hotspots‌ ‌

Clean‌ ‌Ocean‌ ‌foundation‌ ‌is‌ ‌currently‌ ‌dealing‌ ‌with‌ ‌three‌ ‌major‌ ‌community‌ ‌problem‌ ‌areas,‌ ‌

directly‌ ‌connected‌ ‌with‌ ‌excessive‌ ‌water‌ ‌pollution:‌ ‌

  • Cronulla‌ ‌Sutherland‌ ‌Shire‌ ‌
  • Warrnambool‌ ‌
  • Merimbula‌ ‌

Cronulla‌ ‌Sutherland‌ ‌Shire‌ ‌

A‌ ‌collective‌ ‌of‌ ‌woke‌ ‌local‌ ‌groups,‌ ‌individuals,‌ ‌and‌ ‌companies‌ ‌is‌ ‌working‌ ‌together‌ ‌in‌ ‌

Sutherland‌ ‌Shire‌ ‌to‌ ‌meet‌ ‌environmental‌ ‌goals,‌ ‌reduce‌ ‌the‌ ‌use‌ ‌of‌ ‌single-use‌ ‌plastic,‌ ‌and‌ ‌

minimize‌ ‌water‌ ‌waste.‌ ‌In‌ ‌the‌ ‌area,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Clean‌ ‌Ocean‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌addresses‌ ‌the‌ ‌serious‌ ‌issue‌ ‌

of‌ ‌poorly‌ ‌treated‌ ‌effluent‌ ‌microplastic‌ ‌debris‌ ‌discharged‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌NSW’s‌ ‌major‌ ‌outfalls.‌ ‌

Warrnambool‌ ‌

The‌ ‌Warrnambool‌ ‌area’s‌ ‌ecosystem‌ ‌is‌ ‌disrupted‌ ‌by‌ ‌a‌ ‌serious‌ ‌deep‌ ‌ocean‌ ‌outfall.‌ ‌In‌ ‌the‌ ‌last‌ ‌

few‌ ‌years,‌ ‌pre-production‌ ‌microplastic‌ ‌pellets‌ ‌and‌ ‌plastic‌ ‌elements‌ ‌kept‌ ‌washing‌ ‌up‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌

local‌ ‌shore.‌ ‌When‌ ‌the‌ ‌time‌ ‌has‌ ‌come‌ ‌to‌ ‌find‌ ‌how‌ ‌those‌ ‌particles‌ ‌pass‌ ‌filtration‌ ‌systems‌ ‌and‌ ‌

make‌ ‌it‌ ‌into‌ ‌the‌ ‌water,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Clean‌ ‌Ocean‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌offers‌ ‌full-on‌ ‌support‌ ‌and‌ ‌research.‌ ‌

Merimbula‌ ‌

The‌ ‌community‌ ‌in‌ ‌Merimbula‌ ‌faces‌ ‌a‌ ‌deep‌ ‌ocean‌ ‌outfall‌ ‌problem‌ ‌as‌ ‌well.‌ ‌‌The‌ ‌problem‌ ‌

starts‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌Merimbula‌ ‌Sewage‌ ‌Treatment‌ ‌Plant‌ ‌that‌ ‌discharges‌ ‌effluent‌ ‌onto‌ ‌the‌ ‌

local‌ ‌beach.‌ ‌The‌ ‌liquid‌ ‌waste‌ is a sewerage treatment leftover that poses danger for public health and marine life. Clean Ocean Foundation and the locals fight for a sustainable change in the plant’s practices.

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