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How Much Plastic is in the Ocean?

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Viewers like you help make PBS (Thank you 😃) . Support your local PBS Member Station here: https://to.pbs.org/PBSDSDonate What can you do to make the oceans plastic-free? (HINT: Hitting the subscribe button uses zero plastic) ↓↓↓Check the resources below ↓↓↓ Ocean plastic pollution is a massive environmental problem. Millions of tons of plastic waste enter the ocean every year, even plastic that goes in the trash can often ends up in the sea! This week we learn about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and look at the dangers ocean plastic poses to ocean animals. Plus, a few tips for you to reduce your own plastic use! Plastic Oceans Foundation: http://www.plasticoceans.org/ United Nations “Clean Seas” program: http://www.cleanseas.org/ The 5 Gyres Institute: https://www.5gyres.org/ Lonely Whale Foundation: https://www.lonelywhale.org/ Take this quiz to learn about your plastic impact: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/science/bottled-water-or-tap.html 10 ways to reduce plastic pollution: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/10-ways-reduce-plastic-pollution The no plastic straw pledge: http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/no-straw-please/ Ocean plastic pollution resources from Monterey Bay Aquarium: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/conservation-and-science/our-priorities/ocean-plastic-pollution What will it take to get plastic out of the ocean? https://ensia.com/features/what-will-it-take-to-get-plastics-out-of-the-ocean/ Resources for teachers: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/education/teacher-professional-development/ocean-plastic-pollution-summit ----------- REFERENCES: Cózar, Andrés, et al. "Plastic debris in the open ocean." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111.28 (2014): 10239-10244. Jamieson, Alan J., et al. "Bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants in the deepest ocean fauna." Nature Ecology & Evolution 1 (2017): 0051. Jambeck, Jenna R., et al. "Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean." Science 347.6223 (2015): 768-771. “Moby-Duck” by Donovan Hohn (Harper’s Magazine) http://harpers.org/archive/2007/01/moby-duck/?single=1 ----------- FOLLOW US: Merch: https://store.dftba.com/collections/its-okay-to-be-smart Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/itsokaytobesmart Twitter: @okaytobesmart @DrJoeHanson Tumblr: http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com Instagram: @DrJoeHanson Snapchat: YoDrJoe ----------- It’s Okay To Be Smart is hosted by Joe Hanson, Ph.D. Director: Joe Nicolosi Writer: Joe Hanson Producer/editor/animator: Andrew Matthews Producer: Stephanie Noone and Amanda Fox Produced by PBS Digital Studios Music via APM Stock images from Shutterstock http://www.shutterstock.com
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It's Okay To Be Smart (2 years ago)
Can you commit to one plastic-free change in your life? Share it below! As for me, I'm saying "no thanks" to plastic straws whenever I can.
THE J FAM JANA (1 month ago)
My teacher played this in class
nathaniel wilson (5 months ago)
lucid animationa (5 months ago)
It's Okay To Be Smart is the rubber duckie and beaver story real or an example
Awesome Andrew (5 days ago)
Who else is here cause are teacher told us to work on a project of global warming
Henry Hill (12 days ago)
We need to get rid of PBS.... Suppose to be public, but except here, you cannot comment on the New Hour's videos full of lies.
JUST DO IT (12 days ago)
Tired of not helping? Leave a like and visit this website so you can help too: https://4ocean.com/
Jun Tang (15 days ago)
Always shocked by how the human can change the world, bad or good! Anyway, I started using reusable items quite a time ago. Surprisingly, I found some of them are better than current plastic ones. My kids just loved silicone straws (I believe it is a brand called E.Joy I bought from Amazon) much more than the plastic ones, really win-win.
Stephen Reeves (22 days ago)
Brilliant, brilliant video, thank you.
Rubbish Reads (23 days ago)
Excellent video! Great presenter too.
Jake Kacica (24 days ago)
leonard gang wya
RePlastix (1 month ago)
Echad un vistazo a nuestro proyecto para luchar contra la contaminación plástica! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjSHOeV6Y0s&t=1s https://www.replastix.org
Answer the oceans are full😕
Aosgood94 (1 month ago)
To hell with straws
Ryan Wallace (1 month ago)
I hope we can move beyond this problem soon. And eventually reducing green house gas emissions for energy needs. We can do it, we just have to make ourselves do so.
Ayeshaplaysgames (1 month ago)
Why can’t they just clean the great Pacific garbage patch up 🤷🏽‍♀️
Lee Andrews (1 month ago)
Nature needs to get rid of the human race and allow the earth to cleanse again we dont deserve this beatiful planet. " filthy humans"
Save The Planet (1 month ago)
If you do not want plastic in you go vegan.
Everything Hub (1 month ago)
3:41 best roast ever
Paul Hayden (1 month ago)
I live near Chattanooga and the sides of roads are littered with plastic trash. With heavy rains they are washed away (unseen to most) and the roads look clean again. Something tells me there is much more plastic in the oceans than most can understand.
Max Eule (1 month ago)
Visit RankTV(earth as profile pic) he started a Environment cleanup challenge. Let's safe the Planet together <3
Jason Ingram (2 months ago)
*THE ONLY SOLUTION IS* *STOP MAKING PLASTIC* *RETURN TO GLASS, PAPER, HEMP, TIN, WOOD, WOOL, COTTON, SILK* *WE DON'T NEED PLASTICS* *Ultimately the Earth has a people pollution problem* (please help earth, copy n paste on other plastic pollution videos )
Dan H (2 months ago)
Recycling in most areas seems to be a scam. My understanding is that it will end up in a landfill anyways. I try to reuse as much as possible. I think we should look into a biodegradable plastic for things like bags and straws.
Bro Studios (2 months ago)
3:06 before puberty vs after puberty!
Trevor Talbot (2 months ago)
Want to deal with the plastics in the ocean? Nuke India
Alfie Berenyi (2 months ago)
you can get bamboo toothbrushes for free here https://storpion.com/products/white-100-bamboo-made-toothbrush-cut-down-on-plastic p.s great video
Evolution Inc. (2 months ago)
WHY are there only 800,000 views? This is our planet, people!
cavewallmedia (2 months ago)
yep. . . my new motto (now I know) is: Planet=Clean it. . . Plastic=Lean it made a little video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbocwm9m7Zc
Josephine Guerrero (2 months ago)
Reuse and recycle is what we should all do♻️
Ruby Emma (3 months ago)
U r awsome and helped me with homework
Javier Ruiz (3 months ago)
I subscribed
Aaliyah Mya (3 months ago)
Love the puns❤️
Vivienne V (3 months ago)
I'm gonna buy a reuseable straw from Amazon
R2D2 daHut (3 months ago)
Time to initiate change! It starts by speaking out as loudly as you can https://youtu.be/uBPXXpW2LRQ
KELLY HENDERSON (3 months ago)
Desperately sad about the state of our oceans and the trauma we are causing to animals and the environment, I launched a school wide initiative to collect our dead pens and felts for recycling through TERRACYCLE. I've switched to soap bars from bottled shower gels etc. Wooden toothbrushes for all the family (and gave as gifts to friends for xmas), no more makeup wipes - we are using a cloth and coconut oil now, and of course, full on recycling focus in the home.
Jefferson Jackson (3 months ago)
Please Join us www.ersatzreef.org . RECOVER will clean our Erath's Oceans!
Aashish Ranjan (3 months ago)
Reduce reuse recycle refuse rethink
HICKAVIATION (3 months ago)
Thank you for your video. I learned a lot. I might do a video on rubbish and plastic in my country to help teach people here.
петр золотов (4 months ago)
There has long been technology for processing contaminated (unwashed), non-sorted plastic garbage into marketable products: euro-pallets, garbage cans and wine boxes, car bumpers, floating berths, boats, road plastic fences. You can not deceive - getting fuel is expensive and harmful!
Stephanie Walker (4 months ago)
CURZE (4 months ago)
Andrew T (4 months ago)
In just a century we have totally disrupted the entire global ecosystem
Braidyn TAITAPANUI (4 months ago)
i love this chanell
Tenille Maher (4 months ago)
We started a non-profit called Beach Relief - check us out at www.beachrelief.org - we clean beaches wherever we are and now live near a beach so we can do it all the time! Unfortunately we can't believe how many plastic bottle caps and micro plastic we find:( Do what you can wherever you live - every bit helps!
PODCAST KAT (4 months ago)
@2:08 leaks into the Ocean???? You mean more like gets thrown into the Ocean by us humans.
Flashy The Fish (4 months ago)
What I did against the pollution is creating a game: "Flashy The FIsh": https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mci.flashythefish It's a pitty that It's only downloaded 50+ times... I Hope the amount will increase more... Maybe with a Bitt of your (or anyone's) help 😉
Julian Logan (4 months ago)
www.automobilesmartcup.com has a great idea advocates against plastic should look into.
how to make this video !! programme
SUBRATA GHOSH (4 months ago)
Massage is so simple if you recycle then you can save our earth ✌
MyDaria87 (4 months ago)
Kaiden Honeyman (4 months ago)
mega sob
megazwatcher (5 months ago)
ok, that is 3:49 seconds i will never get back so, in retaliation i will be dropping 349 pieces of plastic in the river tomorrow. good job xander
megazwatcher (5 months ago)
not nearly enough by far
Angel Zosa (5 months ago)
R. I. P sea animals 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😂😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😢😢😢😢
HZthelollipop (5 months ago)
thnx this was super useful for my HW
LION BOY !!!!! (5 months ago)
very good video, come on humans out of your seats its time to get ready to clean up the world its not gonna take that long a few years at least if every one joins in !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Suryanshu Khadka (5 months ago)
nathaniel wilson (5 months ago)
Ok I will do that and cling it
Hamish McRobbie (5 months ago)
How many coffee cups do need for one coffee?
Tobias Baker (5 months ago)
Kev Bee (5 months ago)
The situation that we/this planet is in is a joke.
lucy carr (5 months ago)
this was a great video and explained alot to my class
Flashy The Fish (5 months ago)
We people are very bad... hope they will aband plastic for ever.. i created a game about this... a fish that need to avoids all plastic wastes... please support by downloading (FlashyTheFish) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mci.flashythefish
dottybing (5 months ago)
we’d never stop making plastic, though. so many people are buying it, and that means more money to the government. it’s all about money, really.
Peace Hernandez (5 months ago)
Solomon Osborne (5 months ago)
pour animals there is about 10 milion tons of plastic in our butiful ocean
TheBestBoy (6 months ago)
My School had a day called waste wise wendnesday so which grade has the least plastic gets a reward
Sarah Cortap (6 months ago)
I’m trying to get people I know to use less straws and I have also not used straws for a while now but I got some reusable straws and if I go to Starbucks or something ( also have reusable cup ) I give the person it with a rideable straw so they don’t take a straw that’s plastic and will end up in the garbage.
Janderson Cardoso (6 months ago)
Boa noite Monira, tudo bem? 🌹
Harsh Jadav (6 months ago)
Professor Joe, first can we replace the replacer(Plastic☺️)? Second if we do how can we destroy other dirty unrecycled plastic or small plastic elements? Please do reply.
Horton El Troll (6 months ago)
175,000,000 milloon. The 500 million was proven wrong a came from a 10 year old doing a school project.
Lewis Mitchell (7 months ago)
"Plastic is a great invention!" Biggest lie I've heard all day
lunaticreal (7 months ago)
this is way i hate humans
C K (7 months ago)
Solution is pyrogenesis.
Le_ Alien (7 months ago)
Did you 500 million straw was come from a 10 years old project by message the straw producer? It actually 175 million so yeah the media and politician exaggerated it beside paper also cost more energy to produce and in the end they just mummified also have a negative impact on the environment. So sticking with reusable, recycle is a better way.
gambo47 (7 months ago)
Can i use this video for a school presentation? thanks
Fearless Paladin (8 months ago)
0:28 Those plastic animals created a plastic based fauna, lol.
xXJazzy JayXx (8 months ago)
OH I KNOW!!! *-a lot-*
Alex Hodge (8 months ago)
Recycling and composting are now mandatory where I live, and I hate plastic packaging anyway, so I've never been very wasteful in that regard. I get nearly everything except food and clothing from Amazon, so that's not an issue. Honestly, it's not that hard to be environmentally friendly. It doesn't cost a lot of money or time (in fact, it often saves both), and it's fun to innovate. I don't mean to preach, but I don't understand why so many people have such a problem with it. We can't suddenly stop impacting the Earth, but we can do our part. Just do what you can, it's not hard.
Infinite Creations (8 months ago)
Great video 🙌 loving them sneaky puns
Justice (8 months ago)
The ban begins with our plastic straws, bags and overall education. We need to put this into our heads as a way of life. We have 'ok'd' plastic for far too long and are creating irreversible damage. Please take a minute out of your day to look into what you can do for your local city or help with a small donation! https://www.gofundme.com/replace-plastic-straws
sean rana (8 months ago)
the issue is most of us use plastic bags for throwing out our organic waste, it keeps our waste confined to some level, but there are still leaks. I was put on a pilot to test a new product, Bagez a garbage bag holder. it allows me to secure any size garbage bag in my garbage bins. garbage bags are a better thicker plastic, and if used according to what your local waste facility can sort and separate, it will help in recapture of material to wards new products rather than end up in landfills. with Bagez i have been able to use just 1 bag to hold our family waste, and add more if needed. i buy my own bags and even use it when i'm outdoors. great product, helps reduce plastics are ending up in the dump, and i don't have to worry about dirty bins.
Bryan Jarvis (8 months ago)
That 500 million a day figure is false
Samuel Price (8 months ago)
ive got a funny joke my dishwasher stopped working so i told her to get back to work and stop crying
Inigo Ethan (8 months ago)
HEMP IS NOT POT (8 months ago)
no photos non photoshopped no proof so thats false news, or terrorism
HEMP IS NOT POT (8 months ago)
where’s the drone w camera flyover, on all patches, media blackout censorship, time to abolish money,
Edduin Casanova (8 months ago)
America uses 175000000 straws a day , no 500000 Only 1% of the plastics in the ocean come from the USA 🇺🇸 We need to educate the rest of the world to protect the environment God bless everyone!!!
RedGaming Studio (9 months ago)
dont tell me what to do
yolobig (9 months ago)
He is advising you to do something, you can decide what to do with it.
Infinite Pizzas (9 months ago)
This won't stop people. Nothing does. Nothing has. Nothing will.
xwildox (9 months ago)
I agree with this
rivisan max (9 months ago)
in Sri Lanka, 100 million of straw use for one day. am also try to socialize this massage, (#No polythene #No plastic)nice video.
Todd Whitaker (9 months ago)
No, plastic is not a great invention, its terrible, nasty and we need to stop making anymore plastic, it is good for nothing except greedy, evil corporations.
Preety solanki (9 months ago)
Very nice thank you pro
Jake Stilgard (9 months ago)
It would help for governments to pass legislation to keep a closer eye on what cruise ships are dumping into the oceans and seas and increase the penalties for doing so. That and there's a lot of nuclear waste stored in oceanic trenches that needs to be dealt with since the containment systems are getting old. Probably not a great idea to bury radioactive waste in and adjacent to bodies of water.
Anais Moon (9 months ago)
about how much plastic ends up in the ocean every day? a texas? 2 texases?
Keep moving forward (9 months ago)
reduce, reuse refuse, rethink repair, recycle. #6R
James Vine (27 days ago)
Keep moving forward a
Genaro Francis Tabag (9 months ago)
This is what we should do.... A platic waste TRAPS using recycled bottles to clean rivers and oceans plastic pollution. https://youtu.be/G_nCD8EjXJI
meowster the third (9 months ago)
Dude half dis stuff is taken from TED ed .
Umamaheswari Sankarlal (9 months ago)
they are banning plastics in a part of India By 2019
Jane Ferreira-Lay (10 months ago)
great to be smart
Jane Ferreira-Lay (10 months ago)
Paula de Sousa (10 months ago)
Hey!! So nice video. I will like to share it but can you tell me if i can find it with the subtitles in Spanish? Thank you.

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