Please watch this video
Isn’t the internet a wonderful system for disseminating knowledge ? Yes it is, but what you do with that knowledge is beyond the control of anybody. I learned about this and I was instantly concerned, many people will find it horrifying but it will have little effect on their lives.
News to me like this, adds again and again to my utter disgust for us as a race. Displaying our ignorance, decadence, arrogance, stupidity and greed for all of the Earth to see. Earth and beyond even. What would an advanced Alien species think of us if they saw this ? We truly are an infant species, we have a lot of learning and repairing to do; they would pity us and may not even waste their time with us. (Read up on the Fermi-Paradox)
Anyway, enough conjecture. In the same email I learned of this immense problem (7 million tons of plastics covering an area twice the size of Texas) I also learned of this project.
It is ultimately aimed at cleaning up the mess, but also studying what can be done with the waste; recycling and processing into a form of diesel fuel.
This is a pretty shocking time in our history. We have created a very unnatural “resource” right in our own ocean that we are now looking at turning to our advantage. (just like extracting methane from landfills) And this problem has built up over a very short time, since the late 70’s ? (it was discovered in 1988)
It is truly an incredible time to be alive and to be conscious of our problems. Educate yourself !
Further to arguments on climate change, if all the IPCC data and scientist testimonies are not enough for some people, and they still rail about how we’re not having any impact on our planet, this right here is proof we can have a sickening effect on a planet’s system within 2-3 decades.
I’m also seeing a lot of folks saying that we can fix this problem if we (the US) avoid plastics in our daily lives. Are you insane ?
It isn’t the plastics that are the problem its what people do with them after they are deemed “unusable”.
EDUCATION is the problem, in our country and in the many developing and poor nations that have no recycling centers to turn to at all, no government programs and no officials that care that their municipalities dump waste directly into the ocean.
China, India and many pacific rim nations are all contributors to the problem, if you think not buying water bottles will have any effect on the trash in the pacific you don’t have the full picture.
World wide education and awareness is the solution. The US has a huge recycling industry to turn to USE IT.
(all the while, reducing your use of plastics IS a good idea, in conjunction with recycling, and heavy reuse.)