David de Rothschild fans have a Facebook site

How it all began

It all began when I listened to the Alex Jones show when he had David Mayer de Rothschild on as his guest and was very rude to him. I found myself siding with David and ended up writing a hub here all about it.

This led on to me getting David's book The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook , and finding I agreed with most of the points he raised. I wrote a review of it and published it here at hubpages.

Plastiki

Plastiki
Plastiki

The Plastiki plastic boat

David is an adventurer and environmentalist who had come up with the brilliant idea of building a catamaran made entirely from recycled plastic bottles and calling it the Plastiki, making reference and tribute to the late Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-tiki.

David's plan was to sail across the Pacific Ocean over a period of months to raise awareness about recycling and how a material like plastic could be used in an innovative way, and about the ongoing dangers of marine pollution caused by plastic.He knew that his name as a famous member of the banking family could be used to generate the publicity to make the world aware of the very great problem and danger that discarded plastic creates.

There are five gyres in the oceans of the world where plastic trash is accumulating and because it is not biodegradeable all it can do is eventually break down into very tiny particles that get swallowed by sea creatures and then enter the food chain. If this wasn't bad enough plastic absorbs very toxic chemicals and these can leach out and poison anything which has swallowed the plastic.

Other animals such as turtles and seabirds such as albatrosses mistake plastic bags and other items for food and this causes much suffering and death. Albatross chicks often die because their bellies are full of plastic objects fed to them by their parents.

David's plan is to sail the Plastiki right by the worst of these oceanic patches of rubbish, which is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and is said to be twice the size of Texas.

It was originally due to be launched last year but after various problems and delays the Plastiki eventually set sail in March 2010.

David Mayer de Rothschild

David de Rothschild
David de Rothschild

David de Rothschild on Twitter

What happened next in my personal life was that I had a friend called Jill staying in my apartment in October to look after my cat. I was going back to the UK for a week.

Anyway, when I got back to Tenerife, one day I was talking to Jill about how I intended getting in touch with David. We had been out walking but when we got back to my place and put my PC on there was a message in my mailbox saying "David de Rothschild is following you at Twitter".

And he was. It was a moment of synchronicity. It was a sign for me to follow!

So I added David and sent him a note thanking him, and then the day after that his Adventure Ecology site was also following me.

A week or so after that I sent David a message at Twitter about some ideas I had for using recycled plastic bottles as rearing containers for Monarch Butterfly chrysalises and got a brief note back from him. We had begun corresponding, and for me this confirmed that I was meant to be helping him.

I published a hub about the Plastiki and was excited to find that David had published the link on his Twitter site.

Then, a couple of months back, I became friends with Yasmeen Stewart on Facebook. As a matter of interest we met as mutual friends of James Rothschild.

Yasmeen likes butterflies and has some photos of Swallowtail Butterflies in one of her galleries. We got to talking about these beautiful insects.

We also discovered that we both thought very highly of David de Rothschild so I suggested why don't we do a fansite for him between us?

Yasmeen thought it would be a good idea to let him know first so I did so at Twitter and got his approval.

We have been posting videos of David as well as news stories about him and the Plastiki.

David had posted a tweet at Twitter before they set sail saying he knew he was going to miss hearing birdsong whilst out at sea. This was something I could well understand.

I sent him a message saying I could sympathise over that but to cheer him up a bit I wanted to let him know that after just a couple of days we had got him over 500 fans. That number is now more than 5,000 and rising.

NB: If you have a Facebook account please join David's fansite - see link below.

David Thomson onboard Plastiki

© 2010 Steve Andrews

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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Anthropogenic global warming may be nonsense, but this problem cannot be ignored. We caused it and we have to fix it. Thanks to all the journalists and scientists who work so hard to keep the gyres in the public eye.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Nicomp!


Katie 6 years ago

For those who go about clueless this is a great bit of information. Great Hub, Thanks and Peace :)


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Thanks for the amazing tale of intertwined humanity, Bard! It is truly incredible how we seem to be destined to come to know certain people.

Speaking of unique uses of plastic, only yesterday I was listening to NPR and heard of 35% biodegradable plastic coffins!

I plan to 'fan' Mr. deRothschild on Facebook-his journey is chalk full of irony. Let's hope it gains national attention.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Katie and Lorlie! Yes, there are biodegradeable plastics and it really doesn't have to be like this!


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Hey Ely! Thanks for sharing this new update with us! Always like to know more about facebook so thanks and well done!


charles kafka 6 years ago

Way to go Bard!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Bard, This is an incredible journey. Thanks for sharing this information.


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The Old Firm 6 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

I'm afraid that I must agree to differ over human influence having much if anything to do with climate change to date. I will however concur wholeheartedly that we are polluting and otherwise damaging the environment that we and other creatures have to live in. Adapting it to our needs is necessary. Wantonly polluting or destroying it is quite another.

I consider pollution and Global climate change separate issues. Combining them, to me, is a fine way for greedy governments and international bodies to get money in "Carbon Credits" and restrictive laws, the outcome of which

fatten their pockets at our expense and do damn'all else.

Regards,

TOF


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Great hub Bard. I love the synchronicity of it all. I will certainly check out your links including David's facebook fansite. Always interested in promoting good green stuff:) Good luck with your Monarch Butterfly project. It's a winner.


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The Old Firm 6 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Bard, while editing my above comment it disappeared into nevernever land to reappear on you sight some time later.

I'd added the following:

Charging a farmer a tax because his cows defecate and have flatulence doesn't improve their table manners, it just takes his money. If he logically says 'Stuff It" and sells his herd, The products eventually have to be imported from somewhere less "enlightened". Same number of cows, different location!

Regards, TOF

PS, I've added my support to David's fansite.

Cheers


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your comments, Ann, Charles, Pamela, TOF and GL!

TOF, I dont agree about the man-made Global Warming idea too and said so in my review of David's book but most of the other points he makes in it I do agree with so on a balance of what I agree with and what I don't the overwhelming majority is in his favour! With regards to what he is doing right now, I have seen enough evidence that it is raising awareness about plastic pollution in the oceans without him having gone very far. People simply don't realise where plastic goes and what it does. David is doing what he said he would do - use his name to get publicity for this campaign.


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The Old Firm 6 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

I guess that our points of view are similar then Bard,

Cheers.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

It appears so TOF!


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Great hub Bard. I have become a fan on Face book also and I have been sharing this with everyone I can think of. I love the ocean and grew up near the ocean. The sea turtle is my favorite. There is proof that the small pieces of plastic do end up in and kill sea creaters. It makes me cry to think we are doing this.We can help by not buying things that come in plastic. Like water, use a filter and use reusable containers,buy milk in cardboard containers,buy frozen juice. There are still some that come in cardboard containers or squeeze it fresh. Buy butter or margerine that comes in stick form, they are wrapped in paper. Maybe if enough people do this the company's will get the message!


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Granny's House! One of the saddest things I know of is how parent seabirds like albatrosses go out finding food for their babies and mistake plastic for sea creatures and then their babies die with bellies full of plastic they cannot digest, cannot pass through them and which contain poisons! And it is just as sad to think of a beautiful old turtle dying because it ate someone's thrown away plastic bag instead of a jellyfish! 80-90% of the plastic in the sea gets there from the land.


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

I received an invite on Facebook, but didn't know who David was. Because of your hub I will join his fan club now. Thanks Bard, we all have to do our part to save our world and its wonderful wildlife.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Randy!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Wow, what a novel way to recycle! Thumbs up on an interesting hub.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you Habee!


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Bard, I am one of those who want to protect our forest. We moved upstate to get away from ceament city (Phila) A few years after we bought our hous ewith 8 acres a sawmill bought the land across from us. Now everyday I have to look at all those trees they cut down. We also need to conserve our forest! We are going to sell our house. We hate it here now.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I am very sorry to hear it! The destruction of the environment continues in so many places!


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msorensson 6 years ago

Interesting and educational, Bard. I heard of that catamaran before. Now I will always remember the man who came up with it. Thank you for this hub.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank YOU for posting, Msorensson!


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

I think we he has done is just ABSOLUTE COOL! I wish I could have gone and watched him debark. Very cool too that you did his Facebook fan page.

Nice to "see" you Bard!!


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Dorsi!


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Gerry Bern 5 years ago from Brighton, England

I can only hope that if more people were really aware of the harm all our plastic crap does, we might be forced to do something about it.

We need to send some oceanic recycling plants out these gyres, to at least alleviate the pressure they put on the planet's sealife. Obviously it would add to the airbourne pollution we are proving so talented at creating, but the benefits of clearing the gyres would be felt by many sea creatures.

Thanks for the reminder, sad as it is.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for posting, Gerry! I read recently of a proposal to pay fishermen to catch plastic instead of fish which sounds promising. Also that bacteria have been discovered that can eat the material, not that that is any sort of simple or quick solution. To stop it getting any worse is a good start though!

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