Sunday, April 15, 2012

As Earth Day Approaches Let's Think About The Oceans

Trashing Our Oceans: Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Ian Somerhalder Foundation

Written by: The IS Foundation

There is a growing environmental problem that is notoriously under-reported in the media. Much of the general population is not even aware that a soup of plastic trash exists right now in the North Pacific. This area of the North Pacific is know as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, and is located within the North Pacific Gyre. The area is located between California and Hawaii, and between Hawaii and Japan. There are similar patches of trash in the South Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Indian oceans.

The trash has been traveling to these areas since World War II when people began manufacturing, using, and throwing out plastics on a large scale. Sources of the trash include sea vessels like cruise ships, freighters, and fishing boats. The garbage also comes from shorelines and waterways that feed into the ocean. Although the United States does contribute a big portion of the waste, the ocean currents pick up items from all over the world. Once in the ocean, a piece of garbage travels along the currents until it reaches the gyre. Some of the items wash up on shores around the world leading to trash covered beaches.


1 comment:

  1. This was the first year of my life when I blew the candles on my birthday cake I wished for something impersonal:
    a miracle to save the planet.

    This cause has taught me to think about something other than myself for the first time in my life. It sucks that it had to be a critically crippling issue to wake me the fuck.


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