These are truly epic times we live in! Faster &
Sadly, most people do not realize the severity of the pollution problem in earth’s oceans. For example, researchers reported in ScienceMag that about 4 million to 12 million metric tons of plastic was washed offshore in 2010 alone. That about 1.5% to 4.5% of the world’s total plastic production… enough to cover every foot of coastline on the planet, in one year! Scroll after the video to see some more startling facts about plastics in the oceans.
Fortunately, as dumb as us humans can be, we are also very brilliant! Well, some of us anyway, and Boyan Slat is one of the brilliant ones. He’s the young fellow who has figured out how to clean up the world’s oceans in just 20 years!!! That’s huge, especially when compared to the estimated 79,000 years it would take using current clean up efforts.
If you feel drawn to support this project in some form, (which I hope you do), please check out these 2 sites to get in touch with those who are heading up this project. Boyan Slats & The Ocean Cleanup.
Additionally, to get a little perspective on the problem right now, Ocean Crusaders has assembled these facts about the ocean plastic problem:
- 100,000 marine creatures a year die from plastic entanglement and these are the ones found.
- Approximately 1 million sea birds also die from plastic.
- A plastic bag can kill numerous animals because they take so long to disintegrate. An animal that dies from the bag will decompose and the bag will be released, another animal could harmlessly fall victim and once again eat the same bag.
- The floods in Bangladesh in 1988 & 1998 were made more severe because plastic bags clogged drains. The government has now banned plastic bags.
- In Ireland they introduced a 15c plastic bag tax and reduced their usage by 90% in one year. It is now 22 cents.
- The #1 man made thing that sailors see in our ocean are plastic bags.
- There are believed to be 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean.
- There are 5 ocean gyres in the world where plastic gathers due to current circulation. These gyres contain millions of pieces of plastic and our wildlife feed in these grounds.
- It can take anything between 20-1000 years for a plastic bag to break up. I mean break up as they break up into smaller pieces. They don’t break down and those that do, break down into polymers and toxic chemicals.
- It costs US$4,000 to recycle 1 tonne of plastic bags and you get a product that can be sold on the commodities market for US$32. We must stop them because recycling is not viable.
- It takes just 4 family shopping trips to accumulate 60 shopping bags.
- World wide, 13,000-15,000 pieces of plastic are dumped into the ocean every day.
- Every year, 6.4 million tonnes are dumped into the ocean. This is the same as 3,200 kilometres of trucks each loaded with garbage.
- At least two thirds of the world’s fish stocks are suffering from plastic ingestion.
- Ocean acidification is a growing problem
- Scientists have identified 200 areas declared as ‘dead zones’ where no life organisms can now grow.
Please share, this kid should have the whole world backing him on this.