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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 (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.
nathaniel wilson (21 days ago)
DiversionXD Gaming (1 month ago)
It's Okay To Be Smart is the rubber duckie and beaver story real or an example
Michael Hartman (1 month ago)
Do microplastics in our food and sea salt release toxins when we cook it? It was my impression heated plastic did.
Sammi k (2 months ago)
I use the plastic free sunscreen-avasol! which is reef save too! http://www.avasol.com (their website)
Andrew T (3 days ago)
In just a century we have totally disrupted the entire global ecosystem
Braidyn TAITAPANUI (3 days ago)
i love this chanell
Tenille Maher (5 days 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!
Savage Fuckery (6 days ago)
@2:08 leaks into the Ocean???? You mean more like gets thrown into the Ocean by us humans.
Flashy The Fish (6 days 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 (8 days ago)
www.automobilesmartcup.com has a great idea advocates against plastic should look into.
how to make this video !! programme
SUBRATA GHOSH (17 days ago)
Massage is so simple if you recycle then you can save our earth ✌
MyDaria87 (17 days ago)
Kaiden Honeyman (18 days ago)
mega sob
megazwatcher (19 days 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 (19 days ago)
not nearly enough by far
Angel Zosa (20 days ago)
R. I. P sea animals 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😂😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😢😢😢😢
HZthelollipop (22 days ago)
thnx this was super useful for my HW
Mekal Salahuddin (24 days 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 (24 days ago)
nathaniel wilson (28 days ago)
Ok I will do that and cling it
Hamish McRobbie (1 month ago)
How many coffee cups do need for one coffee?
Tobias Baker (1 month ago)
Kev Bee (1 month ago)
The situation that we/this planet is in is a joke.
lucy carr (1 month ago)
this was a great video and explained alot to my class
Flashy The Fish (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Solomon Osborne (1 month ago)
pour animals there is about 10 milion tons of plastic in our butiful ocean
blunty1 (1 month ago)
This is not a good enough representation of the problem
Leon CHEN (1 month ago)
My School had a day called waste wise wendnesday so which grade has the least plastic gets a reward
Sarah Cortap (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Boa noite Monira, tudo bem? 🌹
Harsh Jadav (2 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.
Gordon BoabingA (2 months ago)
Enough with this America first bullshit now, we need to start working on sorting out our oceans they are full of plastic, it’s disgusting!
Horton El Troll (2 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 (2 months ago)
"Plastic is a great invention!" Biggest lie I've heard all day
lunaticreal (2 months ago)
this is way i hate humans
C K (2 months ago)
Solution is pyrogenesis.
Le_ Alien (3 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 (3 months ago)
Can i use this video for a school presentation? thanks
Fearless Paladin (3 months ago)
0:28 Those plastic animals created a plastic based fauna, lol.
xXJazzy JayXx (3 months ago)
OH I KNOW!!! *-a lot-*
Alex Hodge (3 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 (3 months ago)
Great video 🙌 loving them sneaky puns
Justice (3 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 (3 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 (4 months ago)
That 500 million a day figure is false
Samuel Price (4 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 (4 months ago)
Culain Kelly (4 months ago)
sooooo cool and did you know that plastic can tack up to 1,000 yeas to braek down
HEMP IS NOT POT (4 months ago)
no photos non photoshopped no proof so thats false news, or terrorism
HEMP IS NOT POT (4 months ago)
where’s the drone w camera flyover, on all patches, media blackout censorship, time to abolish money,
Edduin Casanova (4 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 (4 months ago)
dont tell me what to do
yolobig (4 months ago)
He is advising you to do something, you can decide what to do with it.
Infinite Pizzas (4 months ago)
This won't stop people. Nothing does. Nothing has. Nothing will.
xwildox (4 months ago)
I agree with this
rivisan max (5 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 (5 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 (5 months ago)
Very nice thank you pro
Jake Stilgard (5 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 (5 months ago)
about how much plastic ends up in the ocean every day? a texas? 2 texases?
Keep moving forward (5 months ago)
reduce, reuse refuse, rethink repair, recycle. #6R
Genaro Francis Tabag (5 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 (5 months ago)
Dude half dis stuff is taken from TED ed .
Umamaheswari Sankarlal (5 months ago)
they are banning plastics in a part of India By 2019
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (5 months ago)
*The great Pacific garbage patch*
Jane Ferreira-Lay (5 months ago)
great to be smart
Jane Ferreira-Lay (5 months ago)
Paula de Sousa (5 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 (5 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 (5 months ago)
Can’t save the world. We humans sucks.
Tea Zidic (5 months ago)
I cant world in this..😣😣😣😤😤😤😔
UnnameD [UD] (5 months ago)
Nicholas Haralambopoulos (5 months ago)
bob hennis (6 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 (6 months ago)
Fifty Shades of Green (6 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 (6 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 (6 months ago)
This is really awful to me..we should all be uproaring to the corporations and us gov
Angie B (6 months ago)
I use reusable bags when shopping, save alot of plastic containers, bottles, glass jars.
Tanya Tanevska (6 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 (6 months ago)
lol moby duck
nexusgroupnxt (6 months ago)
ahhh this is where cancer comes from
Scarlett Crosby (7 months ago)
I'm just crying over here looking for a solution.
Tavli (7 months ago)
C dla merde
Jaspy 889 (7 months ago)
U save my homework
WindFang :D (7 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!
aLeXa :0 (7 months ago)
Emily Baltau (7 months ago)
Im not even kidding, I got a plastic pollution ad before this...
Kim Assassin (7 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 (8 months ago)
get a bamboo toothbrush! https://preserveearthproducts.com/collections/featured-items/products/eco-friendly-bamboo-toothbrushes?variant=7155499237436
Caner Cakmak (8 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 (8 months ago)
i will use straw whenever i want to
Willie Poindexter (8 months ago)
i love this video.
Cedric Lucas (8 months ago)
1:30 bong in the background
M Tomo (8 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 (9 months ago)
this is clickbait
Daren Raskovic (9 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 (9 months ago)
They should sell paper straws instead or bring your own metal straws
heterosapienman (10 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 (10 months ago)
Billy Ma (10 months ago)
“And it doesn’t suck” 😏😏 but I do hehe

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