Thursday, May 14, 2009

Plastic Soup

Here's some fun facts: There's a huge swath of Pacific Ocean, the size of Texas, with over 3.5 million tons of trash floating in it. The plastic to sea life ratio is 6:1. This means there's 6 times more plastic than plankton in the water.

It's called the Pacific Gyre or "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch." It was discovered by Captain Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in Long Beach.

Here's a few videos documenting this manmade aquatic tragedy.

Let us hear from you. What steps (small or large) will you take to help reverse this unsustainable and destructive process?

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch - Good Morning America

The Dangers of Plastic: Interview with Charles Moore

This website also has a wealth of information on the gyre:
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