Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Great Pacific what?!!

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.


Joyce said...

I've just heard about this too! Having always lived smack in the middle of the country, I never gave the ocean a second thought.

You know, it just gets too overwhelming sometimes. I just have to remember to do what I can do personally, and trust God for the rest. Sounds trite, but what else is there?

Donna said...

Joyce, that sounds about right. :)