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On World Oceans Day, the seas are awash in plastic pollution

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Even in the deepest trenches of the Pacific Rim, microplastics and synthetic fibers were found in 72% of the 90 creatures scientists examinedRead full story

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  • Ephrat Livni
    Ephrat LivniSenior Reporter at Quartz

    June 8 is World Oceans Day, an occasion for both celebration and despair. It's wonderful to honor nature but there's plenty of evidence that humans don't care enough about the environment to keep it and our fellow creatures healthy. Even in the ocean depths, places human divers cannot access, scientists are finding plastics in the samples of sea life they study. The seas are truly awash in synthetic materials that damage all life on Earth.

  • Kalesh Menon
    Kalesh MenonFinance Controller at Ingredion Thailand

    We have a collective responsibility for this but the push has to come from the top. The people are going to use what they have and can. I cannot blame them. The vision has to come from the leadership. I hope the leaders of the world see the importance of giving the world in a better way to the next generation and also create an awareness that world is not a lasting phenomenon if we don't care for it. Kill plastic, please 😌.

  • Sean Minuti
    Sean MinutiSoftware Architect

    "The Pacific garbage patch, which lies halfway between Hawaii and California, has the dubious distinction of being the world’s largest accumulation of plastics in the ocean. It’s a shifting mass of trash covering an estimated surface area of about 618,000 sq miles (1.6 million sq km), about twice the size of Texas or three times the size of France, according to marine researchers at Dutch nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup, which develops technologies to pick up the trash."

    Even kids in Middle School know

    "The Pacific garbage patch, which lies halfway between Hawaii and California, has the dubious distinction of being the world’s largest accumulation of plastics in the ocean. It’s a shifting mass of trash covering an estimated surface area of about 618,000 sq miles (1.6 million sq km), about twice the size of Texas or three times the size of France, according to marine researchers at Dutch nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup, which develops technologies to pick up the trash."

    Even kids in Middle School know that plastic straws are killing sea turtles and that ocean temperatures are rising, causing disruptions in various food chains. Kids seem to gravitate to the sea turtle stories, possibly because of Crush the talking Green Sea Turtle at Disney. Green Sea Turtles seem to be the perfect symbol for pollution and warming awareness. Crush should be the spokes-animal for plastics pollution and ocean cleanup awareness.

  • Weiyee IN
    Weiyee INChief Strategy Officer

    To Clay's point, if it is only a single day out of 365 days, it is actually nothing more than a marketing spin like Valentine's day, it needs to be part of every single mindset and we as humanity need to be cognizant of what we are doing every step of the way. Otherwise we are being advantageous opportunists profiting from a disaster made by humanity. While so many arguments have recently been made about greenhouse gas emissions related to the production of paper and cloth bags, it is worthwhile

    To Clay's point, if it is only a single day out of 365 days, it is actually nothing more than a marketing spin like Valentine's day, it needs to be part of every single mindset and we as humanity need to be cognizant of what we are doing every step of the way. Otherwise we are being advantageous opportunists profiting from a disaster made by humanity. While so many arguments have recently been made about greenhouse gas emissions related to the production of paper and cloth bags, it is worthwhile to remember that both of those are actually digestible even via human amylase (the enzyme in our saliva that breaks down carbohydrates and glycogens... What paper and even fabric come from).

  • Interesting title. It should say every day.

  • John Gray
    John GrayFormer Banker Risk Management

    The oceans are not just now they really are our future. We know more about the moon than the underwater world . In our search for life we need to look here where it is rather than out there. When it comes to our oceans we remain ignorant. Cousteau would weep for ignoring his gift to enter the blue realm

  • Dr Gail Barnes
    Dr Gail BarnesPartner at Personify LLC

    Horrible. From shorelines to thousands of feet below the ocean surface, trash is finding its way into the seas and into the bellies of marine animals. Dolphins, turtles, whales, and fish are all ingesting our plastics.

  • Lynda Barrett
    Lynda BarrettHuman Resource Manager

    In the deepest trenches, Marianna Islands, also highest rate of seismic activity, there was human's trash! A Budweiser Can. This topic has been my task to help change, some how. I posted on Face Book. However, people do not like to read of terrible things. I was asked to leave that off. So, as you may see people choose to ignore and quite possibly expect the problems to solve themselves. I contacted Coca Cola a few years ago. I was pleased to recieve a response. Coca Cola is making a dent with plant

    In the deepest trenches, Marianna Islands, also highest rate of seismic activity, there was human's trash! A Budweiser Can. This topic has been my task to help change, some how. I posted on Face Book. However, people do not like to read of terrible things. I was asked to leave that off. So, as you may see people choose to ignore and quite possibly expect the problems to solve themselves. I contacted Coca Cola a few years ago. I was pleased to recieve a response. Coca Cola is making a dent with plant based product. Unfortunately, 30% is in their plastic bottles, and 70% is in the wrapper that encloses the bottles in a case. I applaud their efforts. However, it's not really enough, not now. The atomic clock has pushed us closer to, no return. I believe it has been there for awhile. We must do something drastic, like yesterday. Plastics, gone, now. It is imperative that the Oceans are scraped for trash. There was a story a month ago, I have record of it. Anyway, it is an invention to scour the seas to remove the trash and the horrible Plastics. I would cry with every horrible truth of Whales, Dolohins beached full of plastic, and the tiniest creatures, born inside straws, unaware mothers, ignorant that there was a place unsafe to let her babies, thrive and join the rest of the animals in the vast blue waters. Needless to say, we are short that little Mer- Baby. I had no response from Congress, as I recieved no reply after several attempts to elicit some human conscience to actually come from the government. I have not read this article yet, but, I was bursting at the seams to acknowledge my giddiness, at last, seeing this article in an important forum.

  • Neil Richards
    Neil RichardsGeneral Manager at PS Filter

    The people of the world need to get together to stop pollution and other human atrocities. Unfortunately most people turn a blind eye or don’t care to be bothered and politicians only worry about what will get them votes. I have been environmentally conscious all my life and really need to do more than I have. I think a quote on a billboard from years ago that John Lennon and Yoko Owner had put up during Christmas sums things up pretty clear. “War is Over”....If you want it to. Happy Christmas, John

    The people of the world need to get together to stop pollution and other human atrocities. Unfortunately most people turn a blind eye or don’t care to be bothered and politicians only worry about what will get them votes. I have been environmentally conscious all my life and really need to do more than I have. I think a quote on a billboard from years ago that John Lennon and Yoko Owner had put up during Christmas sums things up pretty clear. “War is Over”....If you want it to. Happy Christmas, John & Yoko. Maybe the new generation will pick up the torch and do much better, as our future existence depends on it.

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