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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

ari craven

on 16 November 2012

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Ari Craven, Emii Le, Alexandrah Walker, Brock Cavett, Brennan Lawernce PACIFIC TRASH VORTEX
The Pacific Garbage Patch had been predicted as early as the late Eighties but it was only formally discovered in 1997 by Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation as he was sailing home across the North Pacific from a competition in Hawaii. The Great Pacific Trash Vortex is an area of higher debris concentration in the Pacific ocean.
Regardless of the exact size, mass, and location of these areas of concentration, man-made litter and debris do not belong in out oceans or waterways. -Located in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, just a few hundred miles north of Hawaii.

-Trash continually flows with the ocean current, causing it to become trapped in this area. Organizations Raising Awareness:

- Project Kaisei
- Gyres Clean Up
-5 gyres - Project Kaisei FIVE
THE HEART The plastic to sea life ratio is six kilos of plastic for every kilo of natural plankton

This is a major issue because every year over a million sea birds and one hundred thousand marine mammals and sea creatures are killed each year from consuming the garbage and plastic, and from becoming entangled Ghost Fishing

Over a million sea birds and one hundred thousand marine mammals and sea creatures are killed each year by ingestion of trash or from becoming entangled

Plastic particles as transportation

As much as 80% of marine debris comes from land, (United Nations Environmental Program). A jar of Pacific water held by the environmentalist Charles Moore hints at the amount of plastic swirling just below the ocean's surface

Photo: MATT CRAMER/AMRF YOU! The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) United Nations Environment Program Our Solution:

Model The Way: Help the cause by making a Green Promise!
Inspire A Shared Vision: Use your Green Promise to inspire your community to work on a Green project together!
Enable Others To Act: Use your Green Promise to encourage others and find ways you can include friends & family in your mission to help spread the word!

Examples of a Green Promise!
Grocery shop with a re-usable bag!
Reduce your weekly garbage!
Eliminate your use of plastic water bottles!
Ensure you separate your garbage & recylables!
Never ignore the issue! Sources Charles Moore:
Sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch "Aluminum Recycling Facts." Recycling Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2012. <http://www.recycling-revolution.com/recycling-facts.html>.
Charles Moore: Sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch [Video]. (1987). Retrieved September 26, 2012.
"De-mystifying the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch"" Marine Debris Program. NOAA Marine Debris Program, n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2012. <http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/info/patch.html>.
Shah, AnupB. "Climate Change Affects Biodiversity." Global Issues. N.p., 4 Mar. 2012. Web. 03 Oct. 2012. <http://www.globalissues.org/article/172/climate-change-affects-biodiversity>.
"The Trash Vortex." Greenpeace International. Greenpeace, n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2012. <http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/oceans/pollution/trash-vortex/>.
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