Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Lorax said it best.

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
This is true for saving land and trees as well as oceans and turtles.
Today was The Ocean Conservancy: International Coastal Cleanup Day. Last year 378,000 volunteers worked together to pick up trash and keep it from entering the ocean (and waterways that lead to the ocean). Of the top ten dangerous debris items collected worldwide last year guess how many are plastic?
Here is the list:
Bags (587,827 collected in one day)
Balloons (60,932)
Crab/Lobster/Fish Traps (7,409)
Fishing Line (71,744)
Plastic Sheering/Tarps (55,317)
Rope (121, 094)
Six-Pack Holders (31,144)
Strapping Bands (3,378)
Syringes (6,435)
This constitutes a lot of plastic debris that will not end up in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or the bellies of turtles (I guess it goes to landfills? Humm....).
Thank you for caring a whole awful lot Ocean Conservancy and volunteers!

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