22 Jun 2011

This is not a toy


The world's biggest garbage dumps are not landfills. Mostly because they aren't on land! They're at sea.

Giant "plastic soups" of garbage stretch over hundreds, if not thousands, of square kilometres of open ocean. The largest of these is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Estimates on size range from 700,000 square kilometres to more than 15,000,000 square kilometres, i.e. ranging from 0.41% to 8.1% of the size of the Pacific Ocean - a body of water that makes up nearly 50% of the 'blue' in the 'blue planet'.

There is a floating 'plastic continent' in the Indian Ocean and another one in the North Atlantic too.

According to the UN, debris - especially plastic - kills more than one million seabirds and 100,000 mammals and sea turtles... every year!

Spread the word.