Posted by: arnegrim | December 3, 2010

New Greenpeace mission…?

“In the broad expanse of the northern Pacific Ocean, there exists the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a slowly moving, clockwise spiral of currents created by a high-pressure system of air currents. The area is an oceanic desert, filled with tiny phytoplankton but few big fish or mammals. Due to its lack of large fish and gentle breezes, fishermen and  s ailors rarely travel through the gyre. But the area is filled with something besides plankton: trash, millions of pounds of it, most of it plastic. It’s the largest landfillin the world, and it floats in the middle of the ocean…
…The Eastern Garbage Patch floats between Hawaii and California; scientists estimate its size as two times bigger than Texas. The Western Garbage Patch forms east of Japan and west of Hawaii. Each swirling mass of refuse is massive and collects trash from all over the world.”

http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/oceanography/great-pacific-garbage-patch.htm

I can’t imagine that it would be too difficult to take a vessel through there and capture all that trash…

Greenpeace aims to “‘bear witness’ to environmental destruction in a peaceful, non-violent manner.”… here you go… pick this stuff up and take it to the National Mall in DC… pile it up in front of the White House… I think that should make a pretty good statement.  There’s enough there you should be able to put quite a large amount in front of every national capital in the industrialized world.

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