WE WANT A CLEAR PLASTIC-FREE HYDROSPHERE

WE WANT A CLEAR PLASTIC-FREE HYDROSPHERE

The whole system of the Earth’s waters, namely THE HYDROSPHERE

« Every year, an estimated 8 million tons of plastic
garbage ends up in the oceans »
Photo: Expanse of plastic waste in the sea. Irreversible earth plastic pollution
TERRIFYING !!
And even worse, nobody does anything to actively remove these tons of plastic from the Earth’s waters.
 
Photo of Floating plastic waste, to explain that nobody cleans up the waters
Pollution due to plastic  garbage, of course, does not only affect the oceans, but the Mediterranean sea, the lakes and rivers of the whole Earth too;  (the hydrosphere, indeed) ;   macro- and microplastics are the two different elements of the pollution.
Image of microplastic underwater, used to explain what are microplastics
Macroplastics are the particles or objects greather than 5 mm (i.e. plastic sealing washers and other mechanical components;  cotton buds, cutlery, plates, bottles, cans, drums; cars components, fishing nets etc. etc). Microplastics are the particles smaller than 5 mm;  some of them derive from the disintegration of macroplastics due to environmental and  atmospheric agents; some from cosmetic products (for esample the micro spheres) or from nano-technology products.

we have decided to actively and concretely intervene to reduce this earth pollution;  consequently, we have developed two different cleaning technologies, respectively for macro- and microplastics. Through these technologies we will be able to remove the polluting elements from  waters,  quickly and effectively.

To reach our goal and your cooperation.

We do not accept funding from political parties, governments and governmental institutions.

Seagull flying free in the sky, free like us.

WE WANT TO BE FREE TO TELL THE FACTS AS THEY ARE and to intervene in situations dangerous to the environment, without being limited by anyone who wants to protect their own or third party’s economic interests.

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of this epic and epocal initiative!

ABOUT US

ABOUT US


HYDROSPHERE ASSOCIATION is a Swiss social-utility independent, nonpolitical, nondenominational and nonprofit association, internationally operating .  The safeguard and preservation of nature are the general purpose;  in particular the aim is to free the waters of macro- and micro-  plastic pollution. (Statutes)
Flamingos in a pond with clear water and a clean environment

The HYDROSPHERE ASSOCIATION philosophy is to operate in a pragmatic, concrete, active and effective way in the pursuit of the social goals, and in the association’s structure and internal functioning.

Veterinarian ready to operate, in operating theater: patient, a cat covered with green sheets; pragmatic way

Photo by: Pranidchakan Boonrom from Pexels

HYDROSPHERE ASSOCIATION is born from:

a) the desire of the founders to put a quick and concrete remedy to the horrible situation of the earth’s waters, now very badly polluted by plastic. The resulting damages to the environment and to all life forms (including humans) are regrettably incalculable and almost irreversible. Moreover,  this situation is now dangerously close to the PONR (point of no return), as evidenced by the various international studies.

b) the sad evidence that no one has taken active measures to remove plastic debris from earth’s waters. As a matter of facts, the few existing attempts are limited to passive interventions aimed only at limiting the input of new waste, but  not to remove the existing ones.

Plastic bottles and other plastic waste floating on the sea; the interventions to get clear plastic-free hydrosfere not yet started

Public domain photo. Courtesy Emilian Robert Vicol

MISSION

MISSION

Generally:

Clean up and keep the hydrosphere clean

In detail, to pursuit our targets as follow:

ON SHORT TERM

(better to say in a VERY SHORT term, considering the serious level of plastic pollution in the earth’s waters)

The first step will be:

to intervene with ACTIVE water cleaning up solutions, that is the macro- and micro- plastic garbage quick removal from the waters’  surface down to 3 meters deep; for this purpose we have devised appropriate tecnologies, not harmful for life forms. The first very short term target is the removal of the microplastic debris from Lake Geneva, very heavily polluted;  afterward we will clean up a part of the Mediterranean Cetacean Sanctuary, more exactly the area between Corsica, Liguria and Tuscany. These operations will allow us to fine-tuning the technologies, and to start to clean up the hydrosphere, beginning from  the oceans.

Floating plastic bottles on the Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva - copyright ©Laurent Geslin

Second step:

in the cleaned areas, installation of barriers and filters at river mouths to stop the intake of new waste in the seas.

Following steps:

reclamation of the polluted areas in the Pacific Ocean (2), in the Atlantic Ocean (2) and in the Indian Ocean (1) by removing the macro- and microplastic debris; after that, we will install barriers at river mouths to keep the reclaimed waters clean.

Map of the 6 plastic pollution gyres in the world's oceans

ON MEDIUM TERM

Research and distribution of products and plastic-alternative materials non polluting and harmless for life forms, as well as to search for solutions for clearing heavy metals and toxic inorganic substances such as fluorides, chlorides and cyanide off waters and soil. Research for useful, economical, plastic recycling solutions that have limited possibility to further pollute the environment; for this purpose we also will set up scholarships and awards for innovative and practical ideas.

ON LONG TERM

Preservation of reclaimed environments, environmental-awawreness and education in schools and companies; seafloor and soil cleaning up from toxic chemical elements.

THE FOUNDERS TEAM

THE FOUNDERS TEAM

Founders team composition

The  Founders team  is composed of professionals, each one of them expert in his field; all the Founders are strongly committed to solving the problem of the  Earth’s waters plastic pollution .

Founders Team: Nicola Rubortone, President, image

Nicola Rubortone

President

Entrepreneur, good food and animals lover, strenuous defender of the environment 

Founders Team: Marcello Micheli, Vice President and Executive Director

Marcello Micheli

VICEPRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE MANAGER

Businessman, sailor, diver, sculptor, environmentalist

Founders Team: Silvie Vittorelli, Cashier

Silvie Vittorelli

Cashier

Accountant,  lover of the sea and of music, bent on protecting the nature

Founders Team: Paria Shahrabi Soleimani image

Paria Shahrabi Soleimani

Secretary

Master in graphic design and visual
communication, photographer, horsewoman, sea lover, environmentalist

Founders Team: Martina Capriotti, Scientific Director

Martina Capriotti

SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR​

Marine biologist, PhD Life and Health Sciences, National Geographic Explorer, Sky Ocean Rescue Scholar, water pollution and plastic pollution expert, scuba diver, Maritime Rescue trainer, environmentalist

Founders Team: Piero Vittorelli, scientific Director

Piero Vittorelli

SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR​

PhD Chemistry, researcher, phytosanitary products analysis and development, swimmer, good food lover, environmentalist

Founders Team: Andrea Rossi, member of the Board

Andrea Rossi

MEMBER OF THE BOARD​

Healtcare professional, scuba diver, international medical auxiliary volunteer, environmentalist

Founders Team: Claudio Micheli, member of the Board

Claudio Micheli

MEMBER OF THE BOARD​

MSc in Automation & Control Engineering, specialized in UAVs Flight Controls design & development, environmentalist, free diver, jogger

Founders Team: Hussain "Al" Fadhil, member of the Board

Hussain "Al" Fadhil

MEMBER OF THE BOARD​

Artist, painter, cultural mediator, promoter of art in public and private places, environmentalist

Founders Team: Patrizio Magro, member of the Board

Patrizio Magro

MEMBER OF THE BOARD​

Chemist,  entrepreneur, environmentalist, good food and sea lover