An Overview of the Proposed
CBO Foundation Initiatives
One only needs to visit a local grocery store or food mart to view an endless amount of single-use plastic packaged products almost everyone is forced to acquire. Although we often take the convenience of these products for granted, once you search plastic waste on Google or Youtube the global impact of this plastic-related packaging waste issue comes into clear focus.
The CBO Foundation is not an anti-plastic organization. We recognize that plastic products in general serve a very viable purpose in our daily lives. However, we also recognize that single-use plastic packaging waste has become one of the world's greatest waste challenges, and it continues to grow into a full-blown crisis at an unbelievable pace in the post CoVid-19 world of safety.
Our goal has always been and remains today, to address ocean plastic waste at its source - our homes and local store regardless of where we may live. To offer a fun and educational list of programs and initiatives to educate people on the impact single-use plastic waste products have on our oceans, landfills, marine life and our health.
We intend to work together with any responsible like-minded party or organization to build a global group of consumer activists to help solve this waste crisis. Not through blame, but through a collective effort that will be rewarding for all who participate.
To accomplish this challenge our core initiatives are briefly outlined below. Click on any logo below to be directed to their web pages for more details.
The CBO Ocean Messenger Magazine is our proposed quarterly digital online magazine, designed to update readers on the ocean issues and progress we have made through our efforts.
We will offer a limited number of printed copies to public libraries, colleges and for member subscription. We may even provide free copies within the SandDollar Travel Group's network of Travel Cafes, which will
feature our content and distribute our messages. They will not, however, be sold on newsstands. We will keep advertising to a minimum, as contributions will cover most of the projected publishing costs
We also plan to launch The Ocean Messenger Podcast a weekly video
podcast series hosted by our Founder, The Shark beginning in December
2020. He will share the latest news and information pertaining to the
many ocean issues, the organizations that promote the issues and viable
solutions, share reusable products to help reduce the use of plastic waste
at home, and how we intend to address the millions of toms of this waste
already deposited onto our islands and coastlines.
The Shark will bring in special guests to discuss the impacts plastic waste,
rubber and other marine debris has on the oceans and the communities
that live near them. The impacts of overfishing our largest natural food
resource and why we must stop killing over 75 million sharks each year
for their fins purely for soup.
Our goal is to address the ocean plastic waste issues in key ocean travel markets, including California and Florida, but also two principal island groups. The Cbo Foundation will develop two core waste initiatives:
The Caribbean Waste Initiative and the Hawaiian Waste
Initiative, each will set out to address plastic waste and
marine debris within the Islands, plus help fund local beach
clean-up events and local organizations. Each region will
have its own offices and ocean teams. Later we plan to
add the South Pacific Island regions.
In an effort to help educate the public on just how plastic travels among our oceans, the CBO Foundation developed its proposed Find Your Plastic Porpoise treasure hunt.
Most people have no idea that a plastic bottle discarded in California
or another coastal town, can find its way to a South Pacific Island or
Caribbean beach in just a few years. To demonstrate how plastic waste
moves on the oceans, from point "A" to point "B", we will use a Treasure
Hunt that rewards people who find one of our GPS trackable Plastic
Porpoises we drop annually into the Caribbean Sea for cash prizes of
$25,000, $50,000 and even $100,000 per Plastic Porpoise recovered.