Maybe We Should Clean Up Our Oceans?
We’ve all had that one roommate in our lives that was just terrible. Those roommates that never take the trash out, or wash the dishes they left. Overall, inconsiderate people often times lacking good hygiene. Maybe your one of the people that fall into this category. Truth is – we all fall into this category.
When you think about humanity as a whole, we produce a lot of garbage. As a reference to how much trash we produce; the United States Environmental Protection Agency reports around 167 million tons of unrecycled trash is produced every year. Another 33 million tons of hazardous trash is produced every year in the US alone. Hazardous wastes being defined as waste that is harmful to human health.
A lot of this waste ends up in the backyard of our neighbors in the ocean. Some of this waste will get dissolved into the vast ocean. Aside from the fact we may swim in this water, dissolved waste is really no big deal. But a lot of this waste, plastic in particular, doesn’t dissolve. This presents a much bigger issue than we may realize here on land.
The “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” is a popular name often used to describe the concentrations of marine debris in the Pacific Ocean. While higher concentration of human garbage can is found in this area, much of the waste is actually small pieces of floating plastic that is not immediately evident to the naked eye.
According to studies by The Ocean Clean Up Project and report in Nature Research Journal – roughly 80,000 tons of plastic waste resides in the Pacific Ocean. Thats the equivalent weight of five hundred 747 airplanes floating in the ocean.
All this trash has a big impact on the life of marine animals. You would think we would take greater precaution to protect the habitat of the seafood we eat. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates 1.2 billion US dollars in seafood was produced from the oceans last year. But apparently this isn’t enough of a reason for people to get up in arms about ocean pollution.
Fortunately, teams around the world are putting their best foot forward to address the ocean clean up we must under go. In one such case, two avid surfers bros quit their jobs to pursue the noble cause. Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski founded The Seabin Project. The Seabin Project’s flagship product, the seabin, is an aquatic vacuum designed to capture floating debris in the water of marinas, yacht clubs, ports and pretty much any water body. Videos of these seabins have been going viral on the internet over the last few week.
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The project stared back in 2015 as a crowd-funded campaign. It currently has seabin’s available for pre-order on their website.
The water waste problem is much worse in densely populated areas of the world. Areas of India are notorious for its dense cities and toxic pollution. To address these issues trash-collecting boats are beginning to float around India waterways trying to clean up its rivers.
In a similar approach, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is also providing solutions for cleaning trash pollution in waterways around the world. American inventor John Kellett’s designed a boat that is powered 100% with renewable energy to help clean up Baltimore’s harbor.
These project at the very least give us a shot at someday cleaning up our act and becoming better neighbors of the planet we share. But for now we still have a lot more self-reflection to do.