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An Ocean of Life - Interview

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Good morning, everyone. Ecomail has made a donation of 600 euros for the association "Un Océan de Vie". Here is the interview of René Heuzey (founder and president of the association) conducted by Clio. Enjoy reading it!

Can you introduce us to your association "Un Océan de Vie"?

Our main activity aims to bring together individuals and legal entities to participate in the protection and development of aquatic environments and to improve the living environment, particularly by reducing the presence of marine waste. The active participation in the promotion, protection, and development of nature and the aquatic, underwater, and coastal environment, by promoting information and education activities in the fields of protection of aquatic environments, and the management of underwater natural resources.

The association Un Océan de vie wishes, as best it can, to fight against water pollution and all other causes that result in the destruction or degradation of all aquatic areas, fauna and flora, as well as the surveillance, protection and rescue of animals.

To what end did you create your association and what are the different missions you carry out on a daily basis to reduce pollution in the seas and oceans?

I created this association in order to raise awareness and above all to make people aware of their responsibilities. Indeed the individual still has the power to accept or refuse to cooperate in the protection of the seas and oceans. For that we ask him to act simply by starting by not throwing waste any more anywhere. To use non-polluting, recyclable and natural products. We must change and adapt our habits and behaviour towards nature.

Do you have any figures to share on marine pollution? What kind of waste do you find mostly in the marine environment?

We submit all our reports of waste collected to the association Mer/Terre.

The most common waste we find are plastic bags, corks, bottles, old toys, glass beer bottles, cans of non-alcoholic products. These are utensils that we use and consume every day. On the ground are cigarette butts.

Have you observed marine areas that are more polluted than others? As well as areas where there is less pollution?

We've mapped a specific area in Marseille. Every year the pollution decreases, except on one beach which is too crowded in the summer and people leave their rubbish on the spot and end up in the sea. The least polluted areas are the areas where people don't have access and the marine parks are also clean areas.

Do you propose tools to citizens, companies or communities to achieve waste reduction at sea? If so, can you tell us more?

Yes We offer blue pick-up nets for people going on and underwater. And larger blue pick-up nets for onshore pick-up.

We have created an application that is free to identify and locate found waste.

We have just released the first insulated eco-bottle with a waterproof ashtray. Now you don't have to buy the plastic bottles and you don't have to throw your cigarette butts on the ground anymore.

What final piece of advice would you give, in addition, for better preservation of the seas and oceans?

I ask people to be civic-minded and to respect nature above all else. It starts with education and now it is the children who are re-educating their parents about the environment. All the rubbish in the sea. They only come from the land. It's not complicated to stay clean. As long as plastics are used for single use, they should not be used anymore. There are natural products that replace them very well.

Everyone can make a small gesture every day for a big cause.