charting the paths for plastic soup patches of our oceans

Catherine Ryan submits

Hi Joey,

It’s not beach balls and rubber duckies. Great time lapse visualizations of how garbage moves around our oceans to the 6 largest patches (they used surface drifter buoys with GPS sensors).

“What we found is patches are international problem…It’s not that plastic from one country ends up in one particular patch; quite the contrary, all of the plastic ends up in all the patches and all are interconnected in a way we didn’t know before”. One big evolve take away: invent plastic that disintegrates. Less intimidating do it yourself adjustments: easy stuff at home here http://www.plasticfreeguide.com/

 

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More garbage patch info and docs worth a look: Look for this artful, full on feeling, elegiac nature doc from photographer Chris Jordan  http://www.midwayfilm.com/index.html image004

 

Or Angela Sun’s (still in progress) chatty, more entertainment tonight-like still unflinching delivery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pRy88R-4BI

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http://plasticparadisemovie.com/

 

In Gloucester all things eco green visit Maritime Gloucester and Oceans Alliance for their efforts, and the Farmer’s Market. Tons of GMG contributors and other local media. Plenty of volunteer clean up orgs. And see local artists’ work such as Karen Ristuben’s art (9 videos are here http://vimeo.com/user2947114/videos including:

Trash Calendar

Deposition of the Ocean as Witness

North Pacific Gyre Voyage

In Gloucester all things eco green visit Maritime Gloucester and Oceans Alliance for their efforts, and the Farmer’s Market. And see local artists’ work such as Karen Ristuben’s art (9 videos are here http://vimeo.com/user2947114/videos )

 

Look right here, too, GMG is stewardship—business, arts, nature, beauty, community! See Joey’s photography and posts: it’s not just Good Morning Gloucester, but Wake UP Gloucester! Look at the wide range of MA Green stories from lobsters to rosa rugosa https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/the-rosa-rugosa-is-starting-o-come-alive/ to solar powered lobster pot haul https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/video-next-generation-lobstermen-brett-and-jake-donovan-and-their-solar-powered-lobster-pot-hauler/. Then go right down the GMG mast head.

Kim Smith’s naturalist take whether how NOT to approach a seal or the indelible imprint on all butterfly musings evermore https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/wow-and-wondeful-150-milkweed-plants-ordered/

EJ’s sensitivity to our surroundings is there often—and she spreads awareness, most recently her OA posts –Jane Goodall! https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/ocean-alliance-and-jane-goodall/

Donna’s photography, too, and volunteer dedication  https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/what-community-is-all-about-burnhams-field-clean-up/, https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/one-hour-at-a-time-gang-city-clean-up-saturday/
And Fred, Marty, Kathy, Felicia, I mean ALL GMG. Reverent.

2 thoughts on “charting the paths for plastic soup patches of our oceans

  1. Thank you for posting this. Plastics are one of the next big things we’re going to wake up to and think, what the hell were we thinking? I see little bits of plastic all over the back shore, beaches, etc. I’m sure everyone is aware. I try to pick up what I can, and teach my kids to do the same. They understand where that junk ends up. It’s not enough to simply recycle, but we should all try to reduce the amount of plastic that comes into our homes. This is great, eye-opening information you’ve shared here. I hope everyone takes a few minutes to watch these videos so they can grasp the depth of the problem. The Midway video alone should shake you to the core. Powerful, necessary stuff.

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  2. A needed message for sure – Like I mentioned before I remember the fisherman and lobsterman pulling this stuff out of the water and bringing back to land to trash can on dock…It’s bad this way also…take out what you take in!

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