Applaud the Largest Ocean Cleanup in History

Target: Boyan Slat, founder of The Ocean Cleanup

Goal: Praise large-scale effort to eliminate the Pacific Ocean garbage patch.

Each year, an estimated eight tons of plastic enters oceans across the planet. Due to ocean currents, floating plastics accumulate in certain areas of the ocean, known as garbage patches. The Pacific garbage patch, located between Hawaii and California, is an area of high-density plastic trash that is estimated to be larger than the state of Texas. Since the discovery of the garbage patch in the 1980s, little effort has been made to clean up this massive environmental hazard. Governments have cited a lack of funding and lack of available technologies to clean up such a large area of trash. But now, an organization called The Ocean Cleanup is taking initiative in tackling this huge problem.

In the past, ocean cleanup has been performed using ships dragging large nets. This method is slow, expensive, and energy-inefficient. The Ocean Cleanup organization is developing an autonomous trash collecting device that will be much less expensive to implement. Even better, the device is energy neutral, meaning that it will be powered by completely renewable energy. Its motion will be determined by ocean currents and it will transmit data using only solar energy. The organization estimates that, once deployed, these devices could reduce the amount of trash in the Pacific garbage patch by 50 percent in just five years.

Sign this petition to applaud The Ocean Cleanup for their outstanding efforts to improve the health of our oceans.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Slat,

I am writing to thank you for your commitment to cleaning up our oceans. The Pacific garbage patch has been a blight on the ocean for decades and your work to reduce this massive accumulation of ocean plastics is of the utmost importance.

The massive amount of plastic in our oceans is extremely dangerous for marine animals, from the smallest corals to the largest whales. Corals may be harmed when they consume microplastic particles instead of food particles containing actual nutrition. Sea birds, fish, and turtles are killed when they ingest plastics and larger animals like sea lions, dolphins and whales can die when they become entangled in nets or other discarded fishing gear. It is estimated that as many as one million marine animals are killed by plastic pollution every year. It is clear that plastic pollution is a major threat to our oceans. Your work towards the cleanup of the Pacific garbage patch is truly inspiring.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: NOAA Photo Library

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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    pacific ocean is clean? they just dump more garbage and toxic liquid chemicals into the oceans and thats just bad enough to litter and urinate on the land.

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