Where does my garbage go? A grim reality.

Before Amsterdam, I lived in Tampa, FL, very close to the Gulf of Mexico. Every time we would go to the beach, Subway sandwiches under arm, we knew that the hundreds of shore birds would be eager to meet us.  Though they were a nuisance when we were trying to eat our food, I am glad that we were leaving behind some bread crumbs, or a pickle here or there for them to devour.

It’s no secret, I’m an animal lover. No doubt, I love animals way more than people. Which is exactly why I needed to post this.

Source: Mountain Film.org

Source: Mountain Film.org

The video below brings you to the environmental tragedy that is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is a disgusting gyre of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge, and other flotsam trapped by currents in the North Pacific.

Though it isn’t known exactly where the garbage comes from, it is estimated that 80% comes from land-based sources, usually picked up by river systems, and 20% comes from ships.

The impact this floating garbage has on wildlife is disturbing. Of the 1.5 million albatrosses in the area, nearly all of them have ingested plastics (including young birds).

This video is not for the weak of heart (or stomach) but still should be seen by everyone. Everywhere. It is important to know and understand the reality of our current situation, or we will never be able to change it.

MIDWAY : trailer : a film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.

My Source: Pharyngula .

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