[photo credit Erin Lafferty]
It’s estimated that there are about 5 trillion pieces of plastic trash in the ocean, swishing around with the current, meeting up with other pieces of plastic and forming groups like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (located between Hawaii and California). This amount of plastic kills the ocean, kills the wildlife that lives in the ocean, and will eventually kill us fish-eating humans if we don’t do something about it.
Enter The Ocean Cleanup project that has been working on a way to relieve this impossible situation. Using advanced technologies and ocean currents, The Ocean Cleanup hopes to be able to capture half of the plastic in the Pacific Garbage Patch within five years and remove it to offshore facilities. The first system is going to be deployed in mid-2018. Wanna join in the fun? Contribute skills. Contribute funds. Or just contribute good thoughts. Let’s clean up the ocean!
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