Should We Change Our Ways To Clean Up The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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Should We Change Our Ways To Clean Up The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Larry Schweiger, retired president of the National Wildlife Federation, once said “What happens to nature happens to humans.” After reading this paper do you agree with this quote? I do because if the trash keeps ending up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch without cleaning it up, soon the whole ocean will be covered in garbage and all of our ocean will be polluted with trash. Just think about a world without oceans.

By: Adrienne M.

Should We Change Our Ways To Clean Up The Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

A seal was found in the middle of The Pacific Garbage Patch in 2014, it was caught in a net.

Many seals got caught in a nets and were found in the middle of The Pacific Garbage Patch in 2014.

This picture was taken in 2014 of a child whose water is not clean.

A duck was found dead on the beach in 2014, because it ingested harmful trash.

This picture shows how the currents move in the Ocean.

Introduction to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

“What happens to nature happens to humans.”

How is cleaning up so difficult?

How does the trash get from place to place?

Do you know why all the trash is gathering in one place? It’s all because of the different currents that are pulling the trash into a huge area. From there, there is no current, so the trash stays in one place. If the trash keeps building up, the whole ocean someday will be polluted with trash. It’s also hard to get through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch because you have to move through a large amount of floating trash.

No country is taking responsibility for the Garbage Patch. They won’t take responsibility because it would cost about $122 million dollars to $489 million dollars a year. Also, it would take 67 ships working 10 hours a day the whole year just to clean up less than 1%. That money does not include the nets and proper equipment. That is a great deal of time and money that is not available.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Hmm… what’s that? Well, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is trash that is floating or has sunken to the ground in the Pacific Ocean. Though nobody knows how big it is because it's almost impossible to measure. It was discovered in 1997 by a man named Charles Moore. Since then it has grown so big, it now is almost impossible to clean up.

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