The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an area with an intense concentration of marine trash located between Hawaii and California. The exact size of the patch is unknown however because it is constantly growing. The patch developed in this area because of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre- one of many oceanic gyres caused by a convergence of ocean currents and wind. It’s also a high pressure zone with hot equatorial air.
- Strolling through the average supermarket, shoppers find literally hundreds (if not thousands) of items to make their lives easier. Individually wrapped snack cakes, plastic baggies to store sandwiches for lunch, unbreakable soda bottles, and disposable razors, diapers, and shampoo bottles. Unless specifically requested, even the bags we use to carry home our goods are often plastic.
What we can do for protecting our daily life:
1) Look for alternative materials or avoid excessive packaging when deciding on purchases. Use paper bags, milk and juice in cardboard, and cloth diapers. Insist on paper bags and glass bottles.
2) Recycle. Many communities currently offer pick-up recycling programs for #1 and #2 plastics. Other forms of plastic may be accepted by a local recycling business. If your community doesn’t have a recycling program, contact your city or town hall to request one.
3) Educate others about the problem of marine debris, enhancing “voluntary compliance through awareness.”
As an individual, I should make some differences to protect the environment like:
- Prevent energy leaks at home.
- Lower your home thermostats!
- Plant trees in your yard and community.
- Turn off lights and electronic devices when you’re not using them.
- Fix water leaks in the bathroom, kitchen, landscaping, etc.
- Use solar energy to dry your clothes!
- Invest in solar energy.
- Using public transportation, Driving less
- Encourage politicians to enforce existing laws such as Clean Water Act
- Use green Household and personal Care Products.
The effects of water pollution are varied and depend on what chemicals are dumped and in what locations. The main fact of water pollution comes from fishing, swimming or aquatic life.