There is plastic in our oceans. Lots of plastic. Literally tons of plastics. 300 tons generated per year.
The birds eat it and die. The fish eat it and die.
There is more and more added every day.
What are we going to do?
He is young, very young, but he is wise beyond his years. He has come up with a concept for cleaning the ocean of plastic debris that has been proven out through many feasibility studies.
It is a very complicated task due to ocean conditions, weather, sea life, sheer volume and costs involved. I believe he has the right idea.
I am not going to get all technical and scientific on you but there is a word used throughout his work that we need to understand first.
Gyre : definition from National Geographic Education: An ocean gyre is a large system of circular ocean currents formed by global wind patterns and forces created by earth’s rotation. The movement of the world’s major ocean gyres helps drive the “ocean conveyor belt”".” The ocean conveyor belts circulates ocean water around the entire planet.
It is gyres that are moving much of the plastics into an area known as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This is not the only patch but is the biggest.
It was discovered by a racing boat captain named Charles Moore while sailing from Hawaii to California and becoming absolutely surrounded by the plastic debris. Some of it washes up on the beaches but tons of it just floats around decomposing and leaching chemicals into the sea water.
So what can be done about it besides the obvious point of not polluting our waters to begin with?
Become aware and support the brilliant minds that are trying to clean up what is there. Have a look at Boyan Slat’s video that show them in action developing their ideas into something that most certainly can work.
Since the areas are so far out to sea individual countries are not taking responsibility for the clean up. Does that surprise anyone?
How about a video of the young guy nervously giving a TED TALK speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROW9F-c0kIQ… click here….
The thing is the collected plastic will be recycled into other uses paying the costs for the collection and then some.
So what do you think?