Waking Up To Plastic
During my last 10 years sailing the Caribbean and the Bahamas, I have often been, excited, even exhilarated, encouraged but at times saddened by what I have witnessed in our seas and on on her shores.
One year I snorkeled a coral reef north of Tortola in the BVIs so plentiful with sea life, fish so abundant and pelicans so numerous my two grown children were hesitant to get in the water for fear of being TOO close to the sea life. A year later I returned to the exact same spot because it was so amazing and to my horror the coral had calcified...all colorless and without any sign of fish or birds! GONE! This was 2005!
I have fallen into this trap before - wanting to fix a problem and focusing on effect rather than cause. It seems so easy when concrete evidence stares one straight in the face. But simple signs don't always mean simple solutions. If apathy and ignorance are the cause for example, how does one approach those issues?
When was the last time or maybe when was the first time they have they proven they are capable of solving problems for the WHOLE world? Does humanity have any faith in politicians? governments? corporations? oil companies? 1% percenters? religions? education? - Not likely! Their credibility is always suspect.
Will any of the following save us from ourselves? willpower? commitment? money? love? struggle? disaster? waiting until it's too late? Taking action before it is too late? Maybe we all wait to graduate from life's university with a degree in Care and Caretaking! Maybe we learn to face reality. Maybe before we think about our selfish desires, we learn to serve and save our Earth and her Oceans. Service to the betterment of our only home! But we have little time to wait for an educational wake-up call - a new consciousness is coming and it is helping clean up our mistakes and messes. Take some time to watch some videos so you too can become more aware of what is out there. See it with your own eyes.
The Plastic Problem:
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a massive dump of floating garbage in the Pacific Ocean. Humanity contributes to it everyday by littering and using un-biodegradable materials. Human trash is frequently taken downstream from rivers into the ocean, where currents sweep it to plastic floating patches.
We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away? Emma Bryce traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles, shedding light on the dangers these disposables present to our world. http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-really...
Plastic pollution is poisoning all waters and this toxicity is not only a threat to our world's environment but also to all lifeforms on Earth, including humans.
The United Nations estimates that each human on Earth uses nearly 140 kilograms of plastic each year. At least 6.4 million metric tons of that plastic has ended up in the oceans. Environmental activist Captain Charles Moore has found that in some areas, plastic outweighs zooplankton - the ocean's food base - and is entering the food chain.
Efforts to address the effects:
Plastic pollution poses one of the biggest known threats to the ocean, influencing all ecosystems from beautiful coral reefs to abyssal trenches, eventually accumulating in our own food. National Geographic recommends solutions to upend the current system of produce-use-discard, and transition to a system which promotes reuse and repurposing of plastics. http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/o...
Boyan Slat's story is not quite that of a 20-year-old Wunderkind who magically found a potential fix to address the world's plastic problem.
The Ocean Cleanup unveiled its prototype in Scheveningen harbor, the Netherlands. For more information or to contribute - www.theoceancleanup.com
On June 3, 2014, 19-year-old Boyan Slat unveiled the results of the feasibility study, indicating that we can likely clean our oceans. https://www.theoceancleanup.com/fund
Solution to address the cause?
The “Ooho” water capsule hopes it waste-free packaging will reduce the worldwide impact of plastic bottles.
Scientists discover a replacement for plastic water bottle.
This video discusses how plastics are recycled.