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How Much Plastic is in the Ocean?

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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 (1 year 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.
Jennifer Arbuckle (1 month ago)
I made two, biodegradable dog poop bags and straws
Piatequila (3 months ago)
+Palm Beach, Same in Germany , customers have to pay, most people bring their own bags, same in France , they actually banned the plastic bags in super-markets and people are STILL EATING there, lol Still there's the problem with packaging , If people would only buy more fresh food, instead of plastic wrapped food it would be better .
Piatequila (3 months ago)
+Anna Bones Clarkwood, How much sales the companies make ,WORLD-WIDE ?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Lewis Mitchell (12 hours ago)
"Plastic is a great invention!" Biggest lie I've heard all day
thebrokenheartsclub (5 days ago)
this is way i hate humans
C K (9 days ago)
Solution is pyrogenesis.
Le_ Alien (16 days 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 (21 days ago)
Can i use this video for a school presentation? thanks
Fearless Paladin (1 month ago)
0:28 Those plastic animals created a plastic based fauna, lol.
xXJazzy JayXx (1 month ago)
OH I KNOW!!! *-a lot-*
Alex Hodge (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Great video 🙌 loving them sneaky puns
Justice (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
That 500 million a day figure is false
Samuel Price (1 month ago)
ive got a funny joke my dishwasher stopped working so i told her to get back to work and stop crying
Inigo Ethan (1 month ago)
Culain Kelly (1 month ago)
sooooo cool and did you know that plastic can tack up to 1,000 yeas to braek down
HEMP IS NOT POT (1 month ago)
no photos non photoshopped no proof so thats false news, or terrorism
HEMP IS NOT POT (1 month ago)
where’s the drone w camera flyover, on all patches, media blackout censorship, time to abolish money,
Edduin Casanova (1 month 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 (2 months ago)
dont tell me what to do
yolobig (1 month ago)
He is advising you to do something, you can decide what to do with it.
Infinite Pizzas (2 months ago)
This won't stop people. Nothing does. Nothing has. Nothing will.
wildo (2 months ago)
I agree with this
rivisan max (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
Very nice thank you pro
Jake Stilgard (2 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 (2 months ago)
about how much plastic ends up in the ocean every day? a texas? 2 texases?
Keep moving forward (2 months ago)
reduce, reuse refuse, rethink repair, recycle. #6R
Genaro Francis Tabag (2 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 (2 months ago)
Dude half dis stuff is taken from TED ed .
Umamaheswari Sankarlal (2 months ago)
they are banning plastics in a part of India By 2019
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2 months ago)
*The great Pacific garbage patch*
Jane Ferreira-Lay (3 months ago)
great to be smart
Jane Ferreira-Lay (3 months ago)
Paula de Sousa (3 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.
Sparkitus Maximus (3 months ago)
I live in a very popular tourist town on the shores of California. This plastic straw pollution idea is total B.S.! I see 100 times more cigarette butts laying around the streets and beach than plastic straws. What is really sickening is seeing this kind of media b.s. while people are ignorant to the effects of the Fukashima disaster. I have walked this beach almost daily for the last 20 years. I have never seen anything more devastating than the effects of Fukashima. The first to go were the star fish. Then all the little animals that cling to the rocks. The summer followed with millions of birds invading the area looking for food. Then came more whales than I have ever seen here in my life. They die from starvation because there is no krill. The entire fishing industry impacted from Alaska to South America. The government is concerned about plastic straws? What a joke! You people who live inland have no idea the horror that has been laid upon us. Keep believing that plastic is destroying the environment as its already been destroyed and being destroyed because they haven't done squat about Fukashima. Its still burning into the ocean..
Jembe Wamajembe (3 months ago)
Can’t save the world. We humans sucks.
Tea Zidic (3 months ago)
I cant world in this..😣😣😣😤😤😤😔
UnnameD [UD] (3 months ago)
Nicholas Haralambopoulos (3 months ago)
bob hennis (3 months ago)
like most things tree huggers get involved with it's done wrong. sky news is touting 2 sail boats and their straining ocean for MICRO plastics. here's an idea sky news. get together with other countries and pay fishing trawlers to net and collect the miles of plastic floating in trash lines in our oceans. tones will be removed. educate countries to stop dumping in the oceans. this will remove the SOURCE of the plastic so your micro beads will go away. liberals always do over kill to get attention, so is sky news. lets get the BIG PLASTICS beforestraining all our oceans to remove micro plastics.
Harald Heissenberger (3 months ago)
Fifty Shades of Green (3 months ago)
Love what you do…really important…do you think this will help eliminate straws? https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=F-ewjg-hOEM
danny oriordan (3 months ago)
I live on the coast and sling as much plastic as I can straight in the sea!I see some idiots picking up plastic to recycle I snatched it from there and threw it where it belongs back in the sea
Angie B (3 months ago)
This is really awful to me..we should all be uproaring to the corporations and us gov
Angie B (3 months ago)
I use reusable bags when shopping, save alot of plastic containers, bottles, glass jars.
Tanya Tanevska (3 months ago)
In the company I work for we started with an internal campaign. We give away canvas bags to stimulate people to start using them instead of plastic. It is a win win, because the bags and initiative advertise the company: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcAeNOO4um0
James CHEUNG (3 months ago)
lol moby duck
nexusgroupnxt (4 months ago)
ahhh this is where cancer comes from
Scarlett Crosby (4 months ago)
I'm just crying over here looking for a solution.
Tavli (4 months ago)
C dla merde
Jaspy 889 (4 months ago)
U save my homework
WindFang :D (4 months ago)
I’m working up to 1k subs and once I reach 1k I will start uploading videos about minecraft, roblox, and other stuff!
Weird Potato (5 months ago)
Emily Baltau (5 months ago)
Im not even kidding, I got a plastic pollution ad before this...
Kim Assassin (5 months ago)
4:23 "did you know you can drink with your mouth and not use a straw. Try it, it doesn't suck"😂 Get it? straw, suck
Zach Divver (5 months ago)
get a bamboo toothbrush! https://preserveearthproducts.com/collections/featured-items/products/eco-friendly-bamboo-toothbrushes?variant=7155499237436
7cakmakcaner7 (6 months ago)
Nice Video! Can I use this for a presentation for my school? Of course I will put the link to the sources.
Dicho Dichov (6 months ago)
i will use straw whenever i want to
Willie Poindexter (6 months ago)
i love this video.
Cedric Lucas (6 months ago)
1:30 bong in the background
M Tomo (6 months ago)
did you know you can drink with your mouth and not use a straw? try it, it doesn't suck. no pun intended.
ARandomCatLover :3 (6 months ago)
this is clickbait
Daren Raskovic (6 months ago)
2:16 how big is your measuring ruler for the coastline ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_rw-AJqpCM
Beef jerky 0603 (7 months ago)
They should sell paper straws instead or bring your own metal straws
heterosapienman (7 months ago)
thats why i believe humans are half alien , no planet with a beautiful nature we treat as trash bag could make a being that destroy it that way, we had ancestors that could have stood in space for centuries living inside metal and tech before find this unfortunate planet
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Brecht De Rooms (7 months ago)
Billy Ma (7 months ago)
“And it doesn’t suck” 😏😏 but I do hehe
MrKebasi (7 months ago)
can those working on ships throw edible waste into the sea without plastic bags ///these can be food for fishes
Khan tulu (7 months ago)
Steve Berrow (8 months ago)
The solution is here www.plazoil.com
Maria Konstantinova (8 months ago)
It looks like this video is based on real facts. Look! Even I have an idea how to eliminate those global problems. If you're interested, please, let me know how interpret my future product. It will be useless, will cost much, both or other? https://lostactic.blogspot.com/2018/01/waterpollution-are-so-many-ways-to-be.html Thank you! Sofia, Bulgaria
Osk57 (8 months ago)
We've had the stone age, bronze age, iron age. This is now the plastic age. The first three didn't decimate the planets ecosphere. The use of plastic needs to be regulated world wide. Human beings are turning planet Earth into one big garbage pile.
danny oriordan (9 months ago)
I live on the coast and I always chuck my plastic in there,it saves me buying black sacks,its a cheap way of getting rid of my trash🤔
Zavier Legendre (9 months ago)
Or you can do what I do, and glue things together for art projects instead of throwing them away. I mean seriously, do you have any clue how useful cardboard boxes can be if you cut them right?
Dr. Oxide (9 months ago)
Too much Sh!t in the Sea—How are the Whales suppose to see? https://youtu.be/zUO07j_iuh8
lena zenn (9 months ago)
Not sure if I should like it for the way this dude is relating the situation or dislike it because it’s about plastic in the ocean
Maxwell Khe (9 months ago)
Jennifer Dodd (9 months ago)
used this for school and when I paused his mouth was wide open and I was laughing inside so hard
paige Graham (9 months ago)
This is my favorite YouTube channel
HaleyWhittington1135 (9 months ago)
"I just want to say one word, subscribe *continues to go on and on*" ME: "That was not ONE word."
GoldenBallersClub (9 months ago)
Awesome and informativ video! You should have ended the video after you said "subscribe"!
Stephany Fofano (9 months ago)
just don't let humans trow Plastic at the Beach,Lake,Ocean\Sea
D.M.King1817 not.hater (9 months ago)
TED-ED copy you or you copy him?
Nick Crompton (9 months ago)
Good video, cringy channel name.
David Aarón H R (9 months ago)
share mare this video , the planet need it!
Mingda Du (10 months ago)
cool video!
I just start my YouTube Channel about taking care of the environment. I made this video about plastic pollution. https://youtu.be/zDpoMWFOAAg
Loren Carle (10 months ago)
Anything smart to say, folks? It's ok, you know.
Azul Bonilla (10 months ago)
3:16 mike wizaozki😂...........ok I’ll stop, this is a serious topic
James Bond (10 months ago)
life is trash
Charlotte Is Annoying (10 months ago)
you false reasercher you are a big rascal! I know so much more than you, you holligon. We need to meet up and have cucumber sanwhiches and go over how wrong you are and how right we are!
Robin Gorrilla (10 months ago)
The recycle bins are made of plastic, ironic.
ERICK Pu (10 months ago)
I am batman
Emery's World (10 months ago)
Let's get rid of plastic
Ashley DeCourteney (10 months ago)
PAUL POGBA (10 months ago)
if the world ran out of oil will people get platic and use t for oilk
Alistair Bain (10 months ago)
Ships should be paid for bringing plastic back to shore or given lower tarrifs for their goods according to hom much   plastic they collect.
artinq (10 months ago)
why am i seriously eating fish rn

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