Provocations #8 – Plastic Patches
Image: An estimate of the mass concentration of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. (from theoceancleanup.com)
I was originally going to post this as an “eventorum“, but the post, while still short, grew a little too long for that.
I had read somewhere that the mass of plastic in the World’s oceans now exceeds that of plankton. I have not checked that fact. But I have confirmed that there are valid, scientifically sound estimates that predict the mass of plastic in the oceans will exceed that of all living things by mid-century. I cannot fathom why people are not alarmed about this. Many surfers seem to get it: “Great Pacific Garbage Patch is Now Three Times the Size of France“. This appeared March 27th 2018 on the magicseaweed.com.
It’s time to ban plastic. It’s just that simple. Obviously this is not a simple thing to do from a socio-economic perspective.
A public service announcement: I will continue to return to this theme until we have achieved this goal of abolishing plastic. Sadly, I expect I will be repeating this until I die.
Case in point: as I was researching the topic online, note the first item that resulted from a search for “remote sensing great pacific garbage patch” is thus:
We Can Clean up the Oceans
Copyright ©️ 2018 T. Schneider All Rights Reserved