What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is

The Great Pacific Garbage patch is a global problem.  It is a swirl of plastic trash and pollution caught up in the great currents of the Pacific Ocean.  It is like a massive floating island traveling with the current and doing damage to fish, birds and the entire food chain.  The name for this floating trash is “marine debris”.   It is not an island that can be easily seen because it is made up of so many very small pieces of plastic. No one knows how much debris is in the Great Pacific Garbage patch because some is floating, some is sinking, and all of it is moving in the great swirl of Pacific Ocean currents called “The North Pacific Subtropical Gyre”


“While oceanographers and climatologists predicted the existence of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, it was a racing boat captain by the name of Charles Moore who actually discovered the trash vortex. Moore was sailing from Hawaii to California after competing in a yachting race. Crossing the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, Moore and his crew noticed millions of pieces of plastic surrounding his ship.”  – National Geographic 




This global problem is caused by

The problem is caused by people who do not know about the damage plastic can cause.  When plastic was first invented it was seen as a wonder product. The problem has become very large over the last 70 years.  Since the 1950s after World War II, the world has grown more wealthy and has produced much more trash in the form of plastic.  Plastic does not go away.

The plastic of Marine Debris is not always visible.

We need to know that this problem is caused by us.  We need to know that we are the monsters and we must change together or the problem will grow. We think that the problem is caused by people that do not have consciousness and don’t know the trouble they cause when they throw trash into the ocean.  The plastic of Marine Debris is not always visible. 

Its because of a lot of garbage that reaches the sea from the rivers and inland waterways, but most affected are the aquatic animals,because they feed on the plastic that is around them. All the plastic from the rivers or drains reaches the sea.It’s caused by us because we are plastic in everything. We are monsters,the cause of so much pollution on this planet,little by little we are destroying everything green there is , nature is crying out for us to stop and become aware of our actions,climate change and all naturual disasters can be made better or worse by people. 






The solutions to this problem include

How do governments and citizens act?


The Good news is that we  know about the problem.  Knowing about a problem is the first step to solving it.  We must know as Global Citizens that the world and its resources are our house.  We clean our own houses but dont realize the cost to the global house.

In the pacific there are thousands of plastic floating and damaging the  environment and damaging the fish. The problem is because of the use a lot of plastics and because there are places where garbage is not collected. The solution is to throw the garbage where it is collected and also by gathering groups of people to collect the garbage from the most pulluted places.  Since the discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997 by Charles Moore, he an many others have formed organizations to grow the awareness of it and encourage people to act towards a solution.  The only solution he thinks is possible is to stop production of plastic that does not go back to nature.  We must find a substitute for plastic.

Many expeditions have traveled through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Charles Moore, who discovered the patch in 1997, continues to raise awareness through his own environmental organization, the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.  – National Geographic LINK

The ocean is life; It gives us food to eat, water to drink , and work to earn a living. It protects us from the worst effects of climate change by regulating the weather patterns.  If the Ocean is sick the whole world will be sick.  We must remain motivated to act as doctors to heal the natural resources of the world.  It is like a pandemic of pollution but the good news is that humans make all the difference.

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals (officially known as the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs). It’s now six years on, and we have more work than ever to do. These goals have the power to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.

The United Nations is an international organization. An international organization draws membership from at least three nation states.  The United NAtions has 193 member states.   It was created by nations after World War II to recognize the need for global cooperation in protecting human rights and solving global problems.  The United Nations created the Global Goals for Sustainable Development in 2015  to create a better world by 2030.  It takes time to stop the causes of big world problems and to act on the solutions.  Education is the first step to action. Out of the 17 Global Gioals there are 5 Global Goals that relate to this problem in the Ocean.    GOAL 6 GOAL 13    Goal 14   GOAL 15  GOAL 17