​​​​North Pacific Gyre

My name is Jay Williams.  I am a surfer, and I live next to the ocean and spend half my life there.  I owe the ocean so much and feel I have to tell people what I have learned about the plastic pollution.   I recently found out that in the Pacific Ocean, there is an island of plastic that is twice as big as Texas and 300 feet deep..!!  As I asked the class in my presentation:

“How could there be an island of plastic in the ocean, so big, and yet, how come nobody knew about this?”

Nobody knew the answer, but then again, there was nobody who had never thrown away a plastic bottle so we are all adding to the ‘island’.   The thing is, the North Pacific Gyre isn’t the only garbage patch…as the diagram below shows, there are in fact 5 main gyres in the world’s oceans.  This is because plastic doesn’t degrade, which means every piece of plastic ever made is still on the planet as waste.  The answer to my first question is that the gyre is like a plug hole,  all the water travels there and dumps its waste.  As for how come nobody knew about this, it’s puzzling but we are all discovering huge issues and problems that aren’t reported in the media.  It makes us wonder what the media is really for?

I’m glad I did a talk in class on this.  I did the first one, I wouldn’t admit it but I felt bad for Miss Stevens when nobody volunteered.  It was good to get it over with and my friend Dane wrote a rap song and we both sung it.  It was actually one of my funnest lessons ever plus I was making people aware of how we damage the oceans.

I really want to do more of this, I am so lucky to be paid to surf so this goes well with it and I really want to wake people up that we should not be using plastic.  Certainly not as ‘single use’.  Here is some of the information from my presentation.

 

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Twice as big as Texas and 300 feet deep..!!

A gyre is a place where currents meet and form a whirlpool type system – this forms a meeting place for ocean debris.

“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 s­ailors 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 landfill in the world, and it floats in the middle of the ocean.”

Source: How Stuff Works

 

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What can we do to help? Simple! Use less plastic..!!

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