I was reading SEED Magazine and I found this very relevant to our class.  The article discusses the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is the world’s largest collection of refuse. This Garbage Patch is about the size of Texas and contains approximately 3.5 million tons of trash. The largest issue of this is plastic.  The reason plastic is such an issue is because it is made from petroleum and is a material the Earth cannot digest.   The ratio of plastic to sea life ratios are 6:1 and the birds and mammals cannot distinguish between food and plastic.  This leaves the bellies of these animals full of plastic, killing off the ecosystem.  People need to remember to recycle and most definitely should not litter.  There is an organization working to fix this issue, but needs much more support considering how large the problem has gotten. I know this image may be uncomfortable to look at but it reveals the shocking truth.  The image was what prompted me to read the article on the GPGP and it’s shock may  be able to provoke others to advocate for the clean up of the Garbage Patch, before it is too late.

Photo by Chris Jordan

To see some shocking images, check out this slideshow: http://seedmagazine.com/slideshow/appetite_destruction/

For more on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (and ways to help): http://www.greatgarbagepatch.org/

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