Monday, June 15, 2009

plastic is forever

In the search for remains of the Air France disaster,
all that was found was our trash floating in the ocean.

"Much of the ocean trash is plastic, which means it won't go away for hundreds of years, if ever. And the problem has gotten so bad that soupy "garbage patches" have developed in several locations, called gyres, where ocean currents swirl."


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"About 80 percent of the trash that ends up in the ocean starts on land and is swept out to sea either from beaches or through waterways and sewer systems, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency"


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"The search for signs of the Air France flight highlights what environmentalists say is a pressing issue for the world today: We produce a lot of trash that biodegrades slowly, and too much of it ends up in the ocean. Out at sea, plastics suffocate sea turtles and choke birds, which look at the bits of floating gunk as food."


Google "great pacific garbage patch" and take a look.

Two pictures that I can't get out of my head, I wish to put in yours:

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a deformed sea turtle with a bottle ring trapped around it

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dead seabird who mistook plastic for food...

More here on this CNN article.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Related to your post: The Story of Stuff (http://storyofstuff.com/)

Johnny icydevil80@hotmail.com said...

thank you for sharing with us. how cruel and saddening the world is...

Anonymous said...

that turtle is sexy :D

Reonu said...

Well I can only say, save the world save US, if you always buy few stuff from your marts don't use plastic bags. I haven't for a long time unless it's excessive items =)

Let's share the load of saving ourselves and giving our next generation a nicer place to swim and breath in...

Anonymous said...

to be honest I think the bird and turtle pics are fake. but I feel the effect of plastic

kewei said...

anon, that turtle is not sexy. u r sick.

im not sure if the pix are fake, but i think they're not.

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