The birth of a project
In 2010, Rémi Camus read the story of runner-adventurer Jamel BALHI. This reading inspired his first expedition: Running across Australia, 5,400 km from Melbourne to Darwin, for the cause of patients with Lowe’s syndrome.
This first expedition was key for the development of the project as he experienced extreme living conditions, particularly the lack of water in the middle of the desert with the sun burning in the sky. This episode makes him aware and of the importance of the protection and conservation of safe drinking water.
Right after the new adventure comes alive, a project not limited to sport and which main goal is to raise awareness of the problems related to the preservation of drinking water and its access.
It is like this that in October 2013, Rémi jumps into the Mekong river border between Tibet and China with over than 4,400 km to swim to reach the final line at the mouth of the Mekong in the China Sea, on April 15th.
During the expedition, he is shocked by the amount of rubbish accumulated on the river.It is this same pollution “visible and invisible” (heavy metals, in particular) that caused many infections to his feet and legs covering with many small skin sores. Local care and antibiotic treatment were required.
Its privileged meetings with the local population
His bet to travel alone, to meet local people, to understand and share their living conditions, access to drinking water and energy, was largely rewarded.
During his expedition, particularly in China and Vietnam, Rémi is amazed by the hospitality and open-mindedness of the people he meets. He takes advantage of these privileged contacts with the population to make them aware of the importance of preserving drinking water and the various sources of pollution of the Mekong River.
He gives no opportunity to explain and demonstrate the consequences of our current attitude towards the future of our children.
A very difficult mission, considering that most of the people hear about this topic for the first time.
Rémi Camus thoughts:
Water is the most precious and irreplaceable resource in the life of every human being.
Every person has the right to this resource to live.
I am the president and founder of the association “Expedition Terre Inconnue”. Our goal is to raise awareness of the problematic of access to safe drinking water.
This project is not new, it is simply the continuity of the expedition carried out in Asia: the descent of the Mekong over 4,400 Km from the Tibetan border of China to the delta of the Mekong in Vietnam.
The importance and the need of safe drinking water for everyone is well known. Many projects have emerged with varying degrees of success.
Education is for us the main axis which must not be neglected: Explaining to the younger generation the previous mistakes, how this affects them and what they will have to face if nothing changes.
Education is the key to success.
After crossing Australia from Melbourne to Darwin running, 5,400 km in 100 days, he descends 4,400 km of the Mekong swimming with a riverboard, without assistance.
Rémi Camus (29), the Berry adventurer, fights for a clean Mekong and for access to safe drinking water.
From China to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, 70 million people live by the river. The growth of waste increases with the population so that in Vietnam, more than 10 million people live in the lower basin.
The concentration of waste is abundant.
It is undeniable that there is a lack of education, the local population uses the river to pour their waste there.
Recycling exists well in Asia. All plastic bottles, cans and glass bottles are recovered, stored and transported to recycling centers.
But what about all other plastic packaging?
Objective: To treat floating plastic waste and transform it into fuel.
The project: Construction of a 15/18-meter flat-bottomed barge for better access to all areas of the river. This barge will be equipped with a unit for converting plastic into fuel comprising:
A plastic storage area
A plastic cleaning / drying zone
A high performance electric oven
A cooling zone
A gas separation zone
A fuel recovery and treatment area
A waste gas purification zone
Two complementary energy production units: the first, conventional, by fleet of batteries powered by the propulsion system of the boat (the engine), the second, by the production of photovoltaic energy, by a system of “solar farm”.
Protect the Mekong River.
Improve the quality of water and the environment.
Preventing the public about the dangers of plastic waste.
Organize with local residents the collection of plastics for remuneration.
Valorize plastic waste by converting it into fuel.
Objective of the project
We will be able to observe, over time, an improvement on several axes.
- Fuel production with this plastic waste will partially remove this pollution from the water, which will greatly improve its quality.
- The collection of waste is carried out by shifting buyers – formal or informal – who go door-to-door. Itinerant buyers intervene mainly in the central districts of the city.
- These collectors select the waste they want to recover, that is to say those having a market value, often with a very high specialization (paper, plastic, glass, …). This activity allows the collectors to have a non-negligible salary supplement, which can represent 2 to 3 $ per day.
- By informing local people of the benefits of this project, residents will have the opportunity to generate more revenue by collecting other plastics that had previously had no market value.
- The fuel produced will be able to power the compatible engines.
- By improving the cleanliness, environment and therefore the image of the country. We will see a valuation of the heritage.
- Through our interventions in schools, students will become aware of the benefits of this project on health and the environment.
- Addressing the problem of plastic waste closest to its source will limit some of the pollution of rivers, oceans and rivers.
Financing of the project launch study
This project has already required the purchase of a demonstration machine via a call for participatory financing and personal funds.
To carry out the project we must carry out a launch study with analyzes, tests, a study of the needs and know the local possibilities of implementation and support of such a project.
For that we imagine proposing you a race of Obstacles, the mom’Race with of the mud, the water, the efforts to put into practice the values of the association # Exceeding ofSoi, # Solidarity, #Engagement And #Environment.
The mom’Race will take place on Sunday 2 October 2016 in Saint-Amand-Montrond.Entries are open from 31 May to 31 July 2016.
Come and join us. Come and support us!