A problem or a solution?

May 31, 2008 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

Yesterday, The Daily Galaxy had this article about the apparent trash continent forming in the Pacific Ocean. After reading some of the things mentioned in this article, I have a hard time believing this isn’t getting the same level of attention as greenhouse gasses.

For example, this quote from Clean Up The World founder Ian Kiernan is especially disturbing:

“It was just filled with things like furniture, fridges, plastic containers,
cigarette lighters, plastic bottles, light globes, televisions and fishing
nets,” Kiernan says. “It’s all so durable it floats. It’s just a major
problem.”

Now, greenhouse gasses and global warming might be problems, but large appliances floating in our oceans is definitely a problem, and one that needs immediate attention.

The article also mentions the amazing quantity of plastic bags located in the plastic continent, which release toxins when they break down, especially scary because these toxins are finding their way into the food that humans eat. My parents always told us not to throw plastics onto bonfires, but apparently throwing them into the ocean to poison fish is OK.

This may not be totally a problem though. If the continent gets large enough and solid enough, we might just be able to move people onto it. Since the ice caps are going to melt and flood our major cities (or so Al Gore wants us to think), a continent that floats and changes with the tides may be just the solution we need.

In all seriousness, this is a problem that could have some very good benefits. A whole industry could come to life to fix it, and frankly, it would take an entire industry to fix it. Much money could be made recycling that plastic and selling that old furniture, and there’s probably enough out there to ensure we wouldn’t have to make any new plastics for many years.

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