Tuesday, October 27, 2009

If you have a Heart

Somebody just sent me this link.

The title of the message was if you have a heart, these images will disturb you - and yes, they do! Very much so!

It's a local tragedy affecting a colony of Laysan Albatross - but much more than that, it's a terrible tragedy affecting the Oceans in their entirety.
I googled plastic ocean pollution and came up with 1,500,000 entries, among which this list of articles. And please read this about the findings of a vessel crossing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (this is Wikipedia with a multitude of links and resources).

Or if you're not into reading, there's of course YouTube with a seemingly endless list of videos dealing with the issue, like the following one, an impassioned speech that has also made it onto TED.

This is Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation and having checked out their website, I'm impressed by their research page featuring yet another list of useful resources. If you live in California, you may want to join them as a volunteer. If not, you may want to become a supporter.

Alas, from what I read, I fear that it's way too late.
All the King's horses and all the King's men will never gather up all the plastic and put the Ocean back together again - so true. There are no easy solutions here, no likely happy end.
All-in-all, very, very sad.

Thank you Terry for having me look into this.

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