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Plastic, Gyres, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic is wonderful material. It can fit almost any need. But we design durable plastic to be “thrown away!.A lot of it ends up as plastic soup in our oceans, riding the seas for decades in ever widening ocean gyres, systems of rotating currents that hold whatever drifts into ithem.

The mass of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has been estimated at around 100 million tons. Seabirds, whales and dolphins, sea turtle species, and fish species have been found with plastic in their bodies. Many die. And the problem is growing, literally.

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This thursday, 6/30 at 12 PM PST/3pm EST, join us for a Community Action Call discussing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with Leslie Moyer from 5 Gyres! Ask questions and share your stories. Every caller gets 100 Greenopolis points and 3 people win Dr. Sylvia Earle’s new book, “The World is Blue.” Register FREE here: http://recy.cl/iOvbzn

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I'm Senior Manager for Community Engagement and Development at Greenopolis.com; a hunter and naturalist, rabbinic student and maple sugar maker, husband of Sara and father of 5 terrific children.


One thought on “Plastic, Gyres, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

  1. My name is Kimberly and I am a volunteer with the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project in Carolina Beach, NC. Currently I am working on a 28 page, full-color booklet/brochure on sea turtle awareness for the island’s many visitors and residents. I have completed my NC Environmental Educator Certification and this project is part of my Action Partnership, in which I am to produce something that has a long-lasting impact on the visitors and residents to the island. The first half of the booklet is general sea turtle information including, what makes them reptiles, their life cycle, which species are found along NC’s coast, the natural and human threats, and what a visitor might witness walking along our beaches.

    Can you tell me where you found the photo of the turtle eating the plastic bag? I’d like to reproduce it for the booklet. I will gladly credit the photographer. This is a timely matter, as I am in the process of editing the booklet to go to publication, so if you could get back to me as soon as possible, that would be great! You can email directly at kimberly.belfer@gmail.com.

    Kimberly Belfer

    Posted by Kimberly Ann | January 4, 2012, 6:15 am

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