Warning: Do not tell your Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtle-loving nephew about this.
Or, maybe, you should tell him about the yearly deaths of 100,000 sea turtles and marine mammals from the plastic that we’re throwing away and that’s gathering in the ocean. Maybe if you tell him, he’ll take the Ninja part to heart and become a warrior for water creatures. We need that. We need change!
First things first: unless we do something about it, plastic is here to stay. And, by “here to stay,” I mean that plastic never breaks down completely, never goes away, and, like a ghost from a horror film, will haunt us forever. Right now, there are 11 million tons— about 2 million African elephants’ worth—of plastic floating in the North Pacific ocean about a thousand miles off of California’s coast. It’s called the “North Pacific Trash Vortex” or the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” and is estimated to be between the size of Turkey and the size of two Texases. It’s one of five of these trash vortexes on Earth. Why is this a problem? Because plastic doesn’t go away, it just gets worn down into smaller pieces, which are then consumed by seabirds and marine species, which kills them by the hundreds of thousands. (And, by the way, when you eat seafood, you’re eating the plastic particles that the seafood ate before landing on your plate).
Think of all the plastic you use in your daily life—the packaging on your food, the polypropylene fleece you put on when you get cold, and, oh yeah, the thousands of plastic diapers covering your baby’s butt every year—and ask yourself what you could cut out. What could you change for the sake of your nephew’s beloved turtles?Read Our Manifesto
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