The Ocean Challenge evolved out of the idea that it would be fun to travel the world, when our founder, Justin Bellinger (pictured right) wanted to show his little boy, Bertie (three and a half at the time of writing and pictured left) more about the world we live in, and how fragile it is – and, how making the effort to protect it, nurture it and stop being so darn indifferent about our oceans (by taking them for granted, mostly) we might just change hearts and minds and save an awful lot of species into the bargain. That idea morphed over time to become The Ocean Challenge, where it made better sense not to do this alone, but do make it an open-source data project, that was paid for by a supportive crowd, in return for natural history documentary exclusives.

If you’re going to go to all the effort and expense of doing that, however, surely it can be made into a more reasonable use of human endeavours? Maybe the journey can be shared, both physically and virtually? Maybe it can be more about documenting the world, rather than just showing it to one person; maybe it can be more about getting our fellow man and woman interested in nature again? Loftier ambitions.

So an idea was born. It was called The Ocean Challenge, because, let’s face it, in this day and age, it won’t be easy, but why should that stand in the way of a great idea? The real challenge, however, is how to look at the oceans anew, from both on, above and below the waves, to do so in a responsible way.

Luckily the technology is now available to do all of that, and the price point, while it can never be described as cheap, is certainly within reach if the cost can be shared amongst a lot of people. And that’s is where the idea that there are enough people who care and would want to be part of it came from, and where the idea of using Patreon to achieve it was born.

The challenge is based around missions, three in total, and all dependent upon how many people would be willing to back us, because this is a shared effort, in all respects. The core mission made as cheap as is humanly possible, the rest as expensive as needed, if enough traction can be gained.

The next part of the challenge, which is about to begin, is to attract others to join in, as crew, as supporters, as cheerleaders, in whatever capacity offered and needed. If you’re interested in being crew, and being an adventurer, then you might want to take a little look here. If you’d otherwise just like to help support an amazing idea, then you can support us on Patreon, cheaply, quickly and painlessly here. Or make a one-off donation here if you’re not yet ready to support us on an ongoing basis.

In whatever way you want to help us, join us or just watch us, we can all, collectively, make the world a better place.

Featured Image Credit: Early Morning Fisherman on Inle Lake  by Neville Wootton on Flickr. Creative Commons usage.