When we starting looking at the problem of #oceanplastic, we knew it was a big problem. Big problems often require big solutions,no? Not always ...
We created Great Sea Project with the premise that "it takes a village". Starting small and building up, gaining community support for sustainability and growth. In the #startup sphere, often new companies seek capital, shoot for the moon, have big projections and often #fail.
According to the Startup Genome Project, up to 70% of startups scale up too early. They even go as far as saying it can explain up to 90% of failed startups. Premature scaling basically means too much, too soon. The main goal of a startup is to not be a startup anymore.
This is why we put a lot of thought into timelines, build up, funding plans and execution. For us the first 2 years and what we learn, the data we gather, this will help us determine what funding is needed and at what rate we scale up. We know it is ok to say no, or rather not right now.
For us, the most vital partner are the communities we work in. Without #community support, buy in and cooperation, there is little to no chance of a long term sustainable impact. This is also why location partner is very important. Last post we talked about why our partner was important in terms of fit and design, community also had a lot to do with this choice. Great Sea Project's success will be the environments success and the communities success, and this is the cornerstone of our strategy.
The problem that exists is huge - "More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic every minute. As much as 80 percent of all litter in our oceans is made of plastic. According to a report presented at the 2017 United Nations Marine Conference, as many as 51 trillion microplastic particles, 500 times more than the stars in our galaxy, litter our oceans and seas, seriously threatening marine wildlife." (Seasave.org - 2020)
The shear size of this problem can not be solved by one organization, not 100, likely not even 1000. But if we do nothing about it, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. This is why small solutions to address the problem and also call attention to it is warranted. Clean up and repurposing is not the permanent solution, but what we learn, what we communicate can change behaviours - in manufacturers and most of all #consumers.
Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. – Joel A. Barker
Our first location in South Andros will help us build and learn. This will shape our direction and growth for year 2 and year 3. What we know is that for us and for the problem we are addressing, a small solution for a big problem is the right fit. The earth doesn't have the luxury of time and we are all too happy to grow as time allows.
Get involved today and start your small project - together we are the solution.