Sunday, 15 April 2012
Ultimate Blog Challenge Blog 14 The Plastic Island
Can we really make a difference to our World?
There is a floating Island of plastic garbage, twice the size of Texas, caught in a current gyre between the USA and Hawaii. The area is filled with Plastic which never shows up on satellite.
It was found by someone who sailed into it by mistake as he was returning from a yacht race. The enormous stew of plastic garbage weighs over three million tons and grows tenfold every decade.
It is so dangerous to wildlife.....
Sea Turtles mistake clear plastic bags for jellyfish and eat them. Birds swallow shards of plastic. More than a million sea birds, 100,000 marine animals and countless fish die from either eating the junk or getting entangled and drowning.
There is a major dispute going on as to who will clean it up, any Nation that embarks on the cleanup automatically admits it is responsible, so they won't acknowledge it. That story is horrifying enough, however a vast swirling mass of plastic bags and rubbish has now been discovered in the Atlantic too.....