Most people do not realize that our reckless polluting has turned the Pacific Ocean into “the Great Pacific Garbage Patch” which is a “plastic soup” of trash, plastic, garbage and human waste an area about twice the size of the continental United States that stretches from Hawaii to Japan.
We are literally destroying the Pacific Ocean and the situation is getting rapidly worse every single hour of every single day.
Someday historians will look back on our time and will refer to us as “those crazy Plastic People”.
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We take things like plastic and nylon and polyester for granted today.
But look at what we have done.
This “garbage vortex” occupies a large and relatively stationary region in the north Pacific Ocean and it is filled with millions of pounds of our trash, most of it plastic.
It is the largest landfill in the world, and it floats in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
It is estimated that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch contains over 100 million tons of debris.
One of the most frightening things about all of this is that plastic does not biodegrade. That means that it just sits there and all of the new garbage that comes along daily just adds to the problem.
Much of our waste today is comprised of plastic that does not biodegrade. This waste accumulates in swirling seas of debris, where plastic to sea life ratios are 6:1; where birds and mammals are dying of starvation and dehydration with bellies full plastics; and fish are ingesting toxins at such a rate that soon they will no longer be safe to eat.
It is roughly the size of Texas, containing approximately 3.5 million tons of trash. Shoes, toys, bags, pacifiers, wrappers, toothbrushes, and bottles too numerous to count are only part of what can be found in this accidental dump floating midway between Hawaii and San Francisco.
How could we be so destructive towards the wildlife of the planet?
Just look at what we have done.
Now we have an area about twice the size of the continental United States that we will NEVER be able to clean up, and the problem gets worse by the hour.
How could we be so immoral and destructive?
What could we possibly tell our children?
Just check out the following YouTube video which discusses this problem even further…..
We think that we are so “advanced” but we keep on destroying the earth. Our foolishness is not only destroying ourselves, but it is destroying species all over the earth at an alarming rate…..
While many of the “environmentalists” of the world run around crying about “global warming”, the real environmental crises are being ignored.
The Living Planet Index, which was recently released, shows that earth has lost almost one third of all living species in the last 35 years.
Just think about that for a moment.
That is beyond catastrophic.
The Living Planet Index says that land species have declined by 25 per cent, marine life by 28 per cent, and freshwater species by 29 per cent in just 35 short years.
Jonathan Loh, the editor of the report, says that such an extreme decline was “completely unprecedented in terms of human history”.
How could we have allowed this to happen?
The truth is that our greed and our selfishness has overtaken us.
Thursday, January 8, 2009 by Shattered Paradigm