In the North Pacific Ocean there is an island the size of Texas. Yet the odd thing about it is that it’s made entirely of waste. Whether it be our trash or the dead sea animals that have now been caught in it, its size is shockingly huge. Scarier yet is that it is basically stuck here! This mass, which has gained itself several names from “Garbage Patch” to “Trash Vortex”, is stuck here for an almost indefinable amount of time as most of its contents are plastic; which can take many years to biodegrade. Just North East from Hawai’i, there is an eddy that is caused by the edges of three vast currents (Each current coming from different continents). These currents pick up trash along the coast, which may have been deposited many miles inland, yet made its way here as all waterways lead to the ocean.
There is an organization called Greenpeace who is trying to combat this island’s growth first of all by just spreading awareness of it! Few people have even heard of its existence. By spreading the news, they are hoping to get donations or volunteers to help aid in its cleanup.
As always, since this cannot be seen right now, or does not directly affect humans everyday lives as of right now, most people just exclaim their shock at the magnitude of its size, but do not use it to change their lifestyle.
I believe that what Greenpeace is doing is the best possible way to treat this issue. They can just lend this image to the recycling efforts going on worldwide and hopefully this will “turn the tide.”