Plastic Trash in Pacific Ocean is Greater Than Originally Anticipated

Target: Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Strengthen efforts to protect and clean up the garbage accumulated in the North Pacific Garbage Patch.

In the vast expanse of the North Pacific Gyre, a mass of plastic and maritime debris has accumulated to form what is now commonly referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  As can be expected, any bulk of grimy plastic sludge comes with its fair share of environmental concerns and risks…and this is no exception.  Cigarettes, plastic bottles and bags, food wrappers and containers make up a large portion of this marine debris.  Unable to decompose, these items coat the ocean and disrupt natural cycles of the life within.

And even now, new research is surfacing that suggests that the trash in the Pacific Ocean is greatly underestimated.  While sailing through the Pacific, oceanographer Giora Proskurowski noticed that tiny pieces of debris were being pushed beneath the surface (a depth typically defined as the top 25 centimeters) of the water.  After constructing a system of nets that would only open at specific depths and close before rising to the surface, a method employed to ensure the results were not disturbed, Proskurowski and his team found that debris was present at depths of approximately 25 meters.

Apart from developing an improved system for measuring the ocean’s debris content, one that would take into account the effects of the wind, Proskurowski and his team have also shed an even brighter light on what previous studies have been missing over the years.  With this new information, efforts to protect our world’s oceans need to be reinforced in order to better accommodate these new alarming statistics.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Jackson,

In a recent trip out to study the marine debris collected in the greater Pacific Ocean, oceanographer Giora Proskurowski found that the amount of trash floating in the ocean is vastly underestimated.  According to his findings, high levels of pollution are being found stretching upwards of 25 meters below the surface of the water.

Based on this disturbing new find, Proskurowski guesses that the amount of plastics being found in the Pacific Ocean may be underestimated by a factor of at least 2.5.

It is because of this that I am writing to you now.  As the head of the United States’ EPA, you are in a great position to make a positive difference.  When making future legislation, I urge you to consider this new information and incorporate new and improved methods that would tackle this problem at an advanced rate. In order to ensure the future of the ocean’s ecosystems, smart efforts to protect them need to be set in place.

Sincerely,

[Your name will go here]

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2 Comments

  1. If strong enough the will, it could be found a method to clean these trashes from sea and use this material again. Oil is drilled from bottom of seas,-a deadly action – why not to make floating cleaning”factory” & on some corner of it, there would be an animal rescueteam, to help still alive suffering animals. This “factory” on a raft could press these plastic debris to smaller volume, so no need for so many boats(& so much fuel) to carry it to land and further use/processing. On the same time everything must be done to prevent such garbage to get to nature, where it finds its way to seas.

  2. The smartest effort to protect the ocean’s ecosystem would be to safely recycle 100% of all human-generated waste materials. If not, ecocide is inevitable because every year there are millions more people dumping garbage, which indicates a need to peacefully reduce the human population with family planning education, before it’s too late.

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