Not just littering but USING. Think about your Dunkin Donuts cups. How many do you get a week, a month a year?
Thats a lot of garbage in the end and its only one item of garbage.
True, you really can't blame littering for this. It's a side effect of the human population growth on this planet. I think this goes to show that human influenced climate change isn't such a far-fetched idea.
Knowing you don't know is superior. Not knowing you don't know is a sickness.
Tao Te Ching
Posted 11 May 2007 - 11:11 AM
i know this is just one drop in the bucket in comparassion to all the debrie we produce on a daily basis...i visit our local "land-fill" often and it is exactly what it is labeled as land fill...all this trash ppl produce and dispose of on a daily basis is amazing ...where are we gonna put all this garbage at when we run outta filling space...almost everyone on this planet has some sort of trash pick up..yeah its picked up an put in a "proper' faclity but is it really safe for the land and animals that consume this stuff...couldnt imagine all the trash in the waters.. its always been talked about since i can remember but nothing has ever been done with it...and now its as if there is no way of controlling it there is more than can be handled...i really had no idea that it was this bad untill i saw that pic...maybe more pics should be produced to the public to bring it to acknowledgement..i dunno justa thought...
What do you do with all the garbage people generate if you don't put it in landfills? Ships at sea can't keep all their garbage on board the ship. It isn't sanitary, so they dump it in the ocean.
If somebody could get people to stop using disposable items and get companies to reduce the amount of packaging on products then they could reduce the amount of garbage. It wouldn't eliminate garbage though. Recycling helps reduce the amount of garbage being put into landfills. Some people are trying to reduce the amount of garbage being generated.
1. Not to value and employ men of superior ability is the way to keep the people from rivalry among themselves; not to prize articles which are difficult to procure is the way to keep them from becoming thieves; not to show them what is likely to excite their desires is the way to keep their minds from disorder.
It is a shame and a moral outrage this has to happen.
I know from long years of sailing that the providers of this trash are only following the international laws regarding dumping at sea. So maybe it is time to change the international laws.
We live in a disposable world. The truth is mankind as a group, has never demonstrated the ability to engage in terminal reasoning. That is thinking a problem through from start to finnish. Thus far mankind has demonstrated only the ability to shift responsibility from one to another.
On the bright side Nature is it's infinite wisdom has gathered all of our debris in a location that would be an excellent location for several Giant Recycling Plants. An endeavor that could prove to be profitable for the right company.
If we truly want to clean up our enviornment it is imperative that we all assume responsibility for doing, not just talking, about it.
Will you remember this in one week? one month? one year?
The one thing that sticks out in my mind is the creatures of the ocean go down to the depths during the day and come to the surface at night to feed on the daily growth of the plankton. In this, there is judgement. We as a collective people have absolutely failed in our care of this planet.
i dont think people realize how blessed we are for our world to even exist.
What is even worse is that our gov't is trying to keep it's citizens ignorant of the tremendous impact we have upon our environment. For the most part it is working well. After all of the papers and projects I have done on pollution, I have only recently heard of this garbage patch. No wonder why action against global warming is taking soo long, look at all of the people on these forums who still think it's a myth! It's sad and pathetic.
The photodegraded plastic can attract pollutants such as PCBs. The floating particles also resemble zooplankton, which can lead to them being consumed by jellyfish, thus entering the ocean food chain. In samples taken from the gyre in 2001, the mass of plastic exceeded that of zooplankton (the dominant animalian life in the area) by six times.
Ever hear that old saying "You are what you eat"? I believe there will come a time when all seafood will be 100% non-consumable by humans.
A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is full of a plastic stew that is entering the food chain. Scientists say these toxins are causing obesity, infertility...and worse.
Fate can take strange forms, and so perhaps it does not seem unusual that Captain Charles Moore found his life’s purpose in a nightmare. Unfortunately, he was awake at the time, and 800 miles north of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean.
It happened on August 3, 1997, a lovely day, at least in the beginning: Sunny. Little wind. Water the color of sapphires. Moore and the crew of Alguita, his 50-foot aluminum-hulled catamaran, sliced through the sea.
Returning to Southern California from Hawaii after a sailing race, Moore had altered Alguita’s course, veering slightly north. He had the time and the curiosity to try a new route, one that would lead the vessel through the eastern corner of a 10-million-square-mile oval known as the North Pacific subtropical gyre. This was an odd stretch of ocean, a place most boats purposely avoided. For one thing, it was becalmed. “The doldrums,” sailors called it, and they steered clear. So did the ocean’s top predators: the tuna, sharks, and other large fish that required livelier waters, flush with prey. The gyre was more like a desert—a slow, deep, clockwise-swirling vortex of air and water caused by a mountain of high-pressure air that lingered above it.