I’m interrupting the cute Munchkin posts with some depressing environmental news. If you don’t want to know, tune back in tomorrow...
I just learned recently about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It sounded so far-fetched that I checked it out with various sources, but unfortunately it looks like it’s all too real. Depending on the source (and probably the year the article was written) there is an area anywhere from the size of Texas to 25% of the earth’s oceans that is a mass of floating plastic junk. The "island" in the Pacific Ocean (there are islands in other oceans, too) is floating between Hawaii and Los Angeles. Other types of garbage eventually decompose, but plastic just breaks into smaller and smaller pieces. The effects on marine animals that mistake the plastic for food are not pretty.
If you want to learn more, here’s a link to an article that is pretty good. It’s enough to make you want to never buy anything made out of plastic again. There’s a lady in Oakland, CA who’s trying to do just that. Her blog Fake Plastic Fish tells her story.
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