Target: President Obama
Goal: Enlist the help of the U.S. Navy to clean Great Pacific Garbage Patch
While searching for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, the amount of trash in our oceans has started to become a headliner for many news outlets. Satellite imagery and search teams have mistaken floating debris as the airliner, causing the public to wonder what and where is all of this trash coming from? These mistakes and obstruction to the search has highlighted a major concern: our oceans have become garbage dumps.
Garbage patches are what scientists have named the gigantic patches of garbage floating in our oceans. The patches are made through our ocean’s currents, corralling plastic debris, timbers, beams, and other trash into a buffet of plastic debris. These patches have proven hazardous to our marine wildlife and to humans. Turtles and whales have been known to ingest plastic, and as marine wildlife whittle away at big plastic pieces, it makes them smaller and easier to digest for our fish. Humans catch these fish and we eat them, thereby ingesting the plastic and other harmful chemicals that have been absorbed through the fish’s skin.
There are several garbage patches in our oceans. The Texas sized garbage patch known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch exists halfway between Hawaii and California. It was also during the Transpacific Yacht Race, where contestants found timber, beams, and telephone poles from the Japanese tsunami in 2011 floating amongst the garbage patch. Imagine our turtles, whales, and dolphins having to swim through this dump, and imagine the kinds of trash they are eating.
90% of the debris found in these garbage patches are made out of plastic. Aside from the Great Pacific Patch, other patches include the Indian Ocean Garbage Patch, and two others in Pacific and Atlantic ocean both in the northern and southern regions. Efforts to clean up this garbage are minimal at best, but we should be the ones responsible for cleaning up our mess. Sign this petition and urge the U.S. Navy to begin clean up right away. We depend on our oceans, they should not be our garbage dumps.
Dear President Obama,
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of the most well documented garbage patches, where plastic and other trash is found floating in our waters. These patches are created through our ocean’s currents, where the gyres create a floating garbage dump. Our dolphins, turtles, whales, and other marine wildlife have to swim through this mess, and unfortunately many of them ingest this waste.
This pollution cannot go on. We humans have to clean up our mess before our oceans are no longer salvageable. Humans and other wildlife depend on our oceans, so I am asking that you enlist the help of the U.S. Navy to begin clean up. I would like to our oceans no longer littered with trash, and I’m sure you would too.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: NOAA via Wikimedia