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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
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
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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.
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.
*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 )
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 😉
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
From least greatest (10) to greatest greatest (1), the poems in this list are limited to ones originally written in the English language and which are under 50 lines, excluding poems like Homer’s Iliad and Edgar Allan Poe’s “Raven.” Each poem is followed by some brief analysis. Many good poems and poets had to be left off of this list. In the comments section below, feel free to make additions or construct your own lists. You can also submit analyses of classic poetry to [email protected] They will be considered for publication on this website.
10. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost (1874-1963)
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Meaning of the Poem.
This poem deals with that big noble question of “How to make a difference in the world?” On first reading, it tells us that the choice one makes really does matter, ending: “I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.”