Large Initial Grant to Fund Project Kaisei’s Expedition to the North Pacific Gyre Continuing Marine Debris Research and To Spur Fundraising Efforts to Reach $2,000,000 Goal
San Francisco, CA – March 3, 2010 — The FusionStorm Foundation has donated $100,000 to Ocean Voyages Institute for Project Kaisei, their ocean clean up initiative. The project aims to clean plastics that are harmful to the world’s ocean and its marine life. The FusionStorm Foundation is assisting Project Kaisei not just with donations, but is assisting with resources to raise more funding and awareness about the North Pacific Garbage Patch.
The North Pacific Garbage Patch, said to be double the size of Texas, is located in the Pacific Ocean and is known to contain millions of tons of plastic trash. Project Kaisei is looking for solutions and is ready to begin ocean clean up, but they need funding to launch a significant clean up effort. This May they are sending three ships to begin the clean up process and also test different ways of collection.
The plastic trash collected during this expedition will be distributed to a handful of recyclers who will test methods to convert this material into fuel or other useable goods. As a collaborative action program, Project Kaisei is seeking sponsors, participants and leaders in their respective industries who can help to make a difference, on land, or at sea, in reducing marine debris.
John Varel, CEO of FusionStorm and founder of the FusionStorm Foundation said, “The donation will not only help to fund Project Kaisei’s initiative, but also raises awareness that we are responsible for the destruction of the oceans and our planet. As leaders, we need to evolve and encourage others to do the same – care about our ocean, and find ways in which we can solve these environmental problems.”
Mary T. Crowley, President of Ocean Voyages & Project Kaisei Founder added, “After spending a month in the Pacific last year, I am committed to removing significant amounts of plastic pollution from the North Pacific Gyre during this year’s expedition. I am grateful to John Varel and look forward to working with others on our initiative to clean up the global ocean.”
About Project Kaisei
Project Kaisei is the two-year old ocean clean up initiative of Ocean Voyages Institute and is based in San Francisco and Hong Kong. It was established to increase understanding of the dramatic increase of plastic pollution in the oceans and its impact on our marine environment, and how we can introduce solutions for both prevention and clean-up. The main focus is on the North Pacific Gyre, one of the largest and most remote ecosystems on the planet, and which today contains large accumulations of plastic trash. To accomplish these objectives, Project Kaisei is serving as a catalyst to bring together public and private collaborators to design, test and implement break-throughs in science, prevention and remediation.
About The FusionStorm Foundation
The FusionStorm Foundation was established to raise funds to support causes that affect our planet and our daily lives. Our goal is to raise awareness and fund research to solve these complex issues. www.fusionstormfoundation.org.