This comes a day late but a day late is better than never, especially when it comes to saving our oceans. World Oceans Day takes place every June 8 as part of an effort to raise awareness. I’ve always been aware that our oceans are polluted but it wasn’t until a few months ago when I watched an episode of Vice that I realized how bad it really was.
S5 Ep7 • Life Under Sharia and Plastic Oceans
18A – V,CL,N,M • • 29min •
VICE travels across Indonesia to experience Sharia up close and investigate its relationship to terrorism. VICE travels to the remote shores of Hawaii and the coast of the North Sea to see the extent of our plastic addiction.
I’m about to throw at you a few of the things discussed in this episode of Vice, that I just haven’t been able to forget.
A lot of plastic have been our oceans for so long that they have become tiny particles of plastic that are nearly impossible to clean up. This plastic ends up in the stomachs of seabirds and fish. It is said that 90% of all seabirds consume plastics in their diets, which if you ask me is absolutely ludicrous and unnecessary. Plastic is even found in Antarctic species and the kicker here is that humans don’t visit this place. When these birds and fish are studied we find plastic in their stomachs. Said plastic accumulates chemicals, which are ingested by the animals and in turn finds its way up the food chain and into our plates. Which to say the least is not healthy for the fish or for us. One Garbage truck is dumped into our oceans every minute..EVERY MINUTE! 165 million tons of plastic already in the oceans at the moment and that number is increasing everyday.
I’ll be the first to admit it, I was ignorant regarding the issue. I had never taken the time to look deeper into it and educate myself. Since watching the above mentioned show I have stopped eating fish, I knew that fish were contaminated but I didn’t realize how badly, and I just cannot feed that to myself in good conscience. It just feels like I’d be ingesting chemically charged plastic. I’ve started using my own reusable bags, and i’m trying my best to reduce the waste that I produce. I currently live on the Atlantic ocean and every time I look out my window I think of how polluted it is and my heart hurts a little. The above picture is one that I took last night at sunset. The beauty of it is bare none and it’s heart breaking to know that we are ruining it.
Pacific Garbage Patch | What is it?
The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a soupy collection of marine debris particles, mostly plastic, in the central North Pacific Ocean discovered between 1985 and 1988.
The great pacific garbage patch covers an area the size of Texas.
World Oceans Day | What can you do?
- Educate yourself
- Raise Awareness
- Educate others
- Reduce + Reuse; The Zero-Waste or Low-waste movements are great!
I want to share with you some resources that I found after a quick google search. There are far more resources than the ones i’m about to mention but this is a good place to start.
- Garbage Island: An Ocean Full of Plastic — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
- National Geographic — Great Pacific Garbage Patch
- NOAA Marine Debris Program
- The Guardian — far bigger than imagined, aerial survey shows
- Plastic Paradise The Great Pacific Garbage Patch full Documentary
- Plasticized Documentary
- Great Pacific Garbage Patch — Ocean Pollution Awareness
This is not me preaching to you or telling you what you need to do. I’m simply giving you some of the information available to us, in order to educate us and hopefully make better choices in order to save our planet and ourselves, really. We only have one planet, and we should be taking better care of it. Our planet is sort of like our bodies, we only have one so we should take good care of it, and if we don’t it will inevitably fail us. The little things that we do everyday make have a great impact in the long run!
Keep on Keepin’ on