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Trash In Our Oceans

The amount of trash going in to our oceans is beyond ridiculous! It’s so bad that scientists have proclaimed that a new material—a new “rock” that includes melted plastic trash—now being called “plastiglomerate“, will forever be part of Earth’s rock record. Hopefully, archeologists one thousand years from now will enjoy a clean planet and regale our current habits as foolishness, but that we had a vision to make things better.

 

In the meantime, there’s a new study that shows which countries are the largest contributors of plastic waste entering our oceans. Although the United States ranks 20th, the amount we contribute is not insignificant. By the way, this report was conducted by a researcher from the University of Georgia. (view the video below)

 

So, what can we do about it? We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Just get started! Do something…recycle, stop buying Styrofoam products, repurpose items that might otherwise end up in a landfill. Not one of us can fix the whole problem on our own, but if we each do even a little…the overall impact would be quite remarkable!

 

What are you going to decide to do differently today? When are you going to put that decision into action? The alternative: The study noted in this video says that unchecked, by 2025 the amount of plastic waste reaching our oceans could double–equaling approximately 10 bags filled with plastic waste per foot of coastline.

 

 

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Why haven’t we caught on? It worked before!

When the benefits to humankind and Earth seem so obvious, it can be rather frustrating that sustainability isn’t a considerably broader “matter-of-fact” practice.

 

It’s been said that people have short memories. And that not remembering is a contributor to history repeating itself. That’s not always a bad thing, however. In this case, we’re talking about the practice of eating less meat, eating more fruits and vegetables and growing your own, and mitigating food waste.

 

If you thought “Meatless Mondays” and “locavorism” are new movements, here’s a little history to show you that this isn’t the first time around for this trend-turned-mega-movement. At one time it was a national movement!

 

One hundred years ago, in an effort to feed Europe’s war-ravaged hungry, American President Wilson and Herbert Hoover—at the time head of the U.S. Food Administration—enlisted citizens to eat less, grown their own food, eat more fish (because they feed themselves) and eat less meat.

 

The surplus was shipped to famine-stricken Europe to feed the hungry, as well as American soldiers on the front in World War I.

 

Click the photo (or here) for more on this revealing campaign in American history, an effort that got people thinking about what they eat, and where it comes from…one hundred years ago!

 

WWI Plant More Vegetables Campaign Poster

 

So…the question remains: Why haven’t we caught on?!

 

(Photo: Library of Congress Archives)

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