Something The Entire World Should See – Most Of Us Are Simply Unaware



North East of Hawaii, the ocean currents form a giant whirl pool of debris from around the Pacific, the scientific name is called the North Pacific Gyre. It’s one of the largest ecosystems on Earth, comprising of millions of square kilometres.

Today it’s better known as “The Great Garbage Patch,” an area the size of Queensland, Australia where there is approximately one million tonnes of plastic spread throughout the ocean. Drag a net in any area of this part of the ocean and you will pick up toxic, discarded plastic.

Photographer Chris Jordan has documented this phenomenon.

I had been studying for quite a while the phenomenon called the Pacific garbage patch. I was looking for a way to visualize it, it was really surreal to land on Midway, seeing that my worst hopes of what I would find there are true. These are all albatross chicks, hatched out of their eggs and the very first meal they got was deadly to them. What happens is, when the eggs hatch one of the parents goes out and flies looking for food. They search over this vast area of the pacific and when they come back with is a belly full of toxic plastics, and they feed that to their babies. They die of starvation, malnutrition and chocking. Simply allow yourself to feel whatever it is you feel about this, without jumping to the way to solve it. Because I think we really need to feel these things, even if the feelings are uncomfortable, because those are the feelings that will turn into the fuel and drive passionate action – Chris Jordan

The desire to change these things will put the human race on a journey to do so, and we are in the midst of it. Ultimately it is our choice as to whether or not we take the time to educate ourselves about our choices and begin doing things in a manner that cares for our environment and home more than our materialistic needs.

What can we do about this problem now? As much as possible, support eco-friendly products. Avoid being wasteful and purchasing new products each time a new version comes out simply so we can be up to date with the latest greatest. Create awareness about this issue and pass it onto your friends and family. Awareness has been key in changing various aspects of our world and so often we give it little credit. It is much more powerful than we think.

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263 comments on “Something The Entire World Should See – Most Of Us Are Simply Unaware

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  2. This is a complete fabrication. The story exaggerates this floating garbage pile by a factor of TWO HUNDRED! And the guy pulling plastic out of the dead birds is the very same charlatan who put the plastic in the bird carcasses to begin with. If you have to lie so egregiously to tell your story, then you don’t have a story to tell to begin with. But this is really what the green movement is all about; people like these carnival barkers don’t give a crap about the natural world, but they do take great pleasure in manipulating your emotional states to make you think a certain way. And that is how political power is amassed…..

  3. dean

    every once of plastic ever made is still here it may be recycled it mat be different but it is still here somewhere as plastic will not decay for so many years our great great grand children’s great great grand children will dead before the first piece of plastic is anywhere near decaying so can someone tell me …………. why do we need more????

  4. pinky

    Forget seagulls, evolution will either help humanity by killing them off or changing their biology into plastic eating machines that will devour all of mankind’s machines

  5. There is, actually, someone (or multiple people, according to a quick Google search on ‘teen creates plastic eating’) who is working on how to make this plastic bag ‘gyre’ go away. Hopefully it will make it to the scene and be taken seriously. But there are really people, young people, who are working on solutions. http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/blogs/boy-discovers-microbe-that-eats-plastic This is one such article. I saw one floating around Facebook a while ago.

    • There are far more practical and profitable approaches to managing humanity’s endless streams of solid, liquid and gaseous carbon wastes. It’s not as simple as sweeping up plastic bags because it’s so widely distributed and all types of plastics, wood, etc., are broken down into tiny fragments. There needs to be an effective/workable (24×7) substitute for dumping/landfilling of society’s wastes, such as converting mankind’s wastes in landfills (your own trash can) that can’t be recycled into the world’s cleanest, strongest ALCOHOL fuel that can power any gas or diesel engine without modification. World needs a carbon-bridging pollution solution. Higher mixed alcohol production and use in today’s vehicles is that solution.

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    • Marissa

      This is another teen working on eliminating 20 BILLION TONS of plastic from the ocean in the next 5 years, heres the link to that fascinating idea

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2415889/Boyan-Slat-19-claims-invention-clean-worlds-oceans-just-years.html

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  7. Robert

    Yes, there is garbage, but not like you think
    http://youtu.be/tFSv2eW7g6E

    • why cause people have to thro all these things out its heart breaking to see

    • chris

      “huge amounts of plastic” its like i think, way too much.

  8. Pari Fields

    I have participated in multiple “beach clean-ups” while on cruises in the Caribbean, and while I was teaching environmental science in TN. I realize this must be a problem on a much larger scale than I have dealt with, but that was the first thing that came to mind after watching the video…is there any talk of organizing such an event? Thanks for sharing these images, even if it was very difficult to watch.

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  11. CHRIS HASLAM

    That’s the whole point of the video; there is no floating island of junk that you can fly over and take cool photos to help sell newspapers. If it showed up on Google maps we’d probably already be out there with ships gathering it all up. So how do you get the message across that this stuff is there and needs to be taken seriously?

    • hydro

      the message is “out there.” The evolution of our awareness of the problem is already occurring. Now, will our solution ultimately create new and completely different problems I remember being pushed to use plastic bags instead of paper at store because it was “green” approach to saving forests. OOOPS.

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