Samuel was on the cover of the September issue and talked about his quest to save our oceans.
Sending out an SOS
Samuel McLennan has hand built a raft entirely from rubbish and waste found on Tasmania’s coastline and waterways.
It was created on a property near Port Arthur in Southern Tasmania and is now being prepared for Sea Trials on waters close by.
Samuel is willing to challenge himself and many others beliefs by sailing the vessel from Hobart to Sydney and beyond – he has significant global experience in many disciplines.
The project is inspiring people to take new actions to shift the unworkable situation we have created for ourselves, future generations and mother earth.
This is a project to interrupt the way human beings think, speak and act about themselves and other people – because the current result is waste showing up in the environment.
He is concerned for the future and direction we are headed as a society
He wants you to be abundant, joy-full, having great relationships and achieve what you dream about
He see's a correlation between the rising rates of mental health issues and the increasing amounts of rubbish in the environment
(and in the ocean!)
1. To prevent waste from entering the environment and remove the waste that’s currently there.
2. To develop strong leaders who are committed to creating people and environments that increase in health and abundance
Starting with the vision of an innovation island in Jan 2022 (to develop solutions to combat the demise of the local marine environment) – the Interruptor evolved as more debris arrived.
As the year progressed Samuel faced many challenges while discovering how and when to utilise each unique piece – unsure if more of the same would show up.
If he used a piece too early – it could (in the future) prevent the development of a critical component of the vessel.
He learned about the balance point between patience and progress – a move too fast could have detrimental impacts.
Have we gone past the balance point in society today?
Rubbish doesn’t naturally grow in the environment – it comes from people. Someone chooses, at some point in time, to not focus on the rubbish they have created.
Here’s examples of the thoughts that cause rubbish to be created (or to exist) in the environment:
ABC journalist Luke Bowden visited Samuel and The Interruptor build site to speak with him about the project. Check out the article