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Visit YouTube.com to view either CNN's "Garbage Island" or "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch - Good Morning America." Then read Charles Moore's "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch." Reflect on the video & article, and answer ONE of the following questions. In addition to your posted reflection, respond to the postings of TWO of your classmates.

1. Why should we care? How does the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ultimately impact humans?

2. Suggest a solution to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. How can we solve this problem? Why is your solution better tahn other options?

Charles Moore's article can be accessed at: http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/Ocean/Moore-Trashed-PacificNov03.htm

Initial Posting: Due Wednesday, September 8 at 11:59 pm
Response Postings: Due Friday, September 10 at 11:59 pm


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Post  earthycolors on Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:17 pm

1. Why should we care? How does the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ultimately impact humans?

ANSWER: We should care like crazy because this big mass of trash in the middle of the ocean might be our demise later on in the future. Fish and birds eat the plastic and bits of metal and other trash which makes them sick; we fish for a fraction of our food and it would be really bad if we bit into a fish that had little bits of plastic in it or roasted a bird with a bottle cap in it. Us humans are destroying our planet just because half of us refuse to recycle. If this goes on, then in a matter of years, we are going to destroy our planet and it'll end up being like the earth in the Disney/Pixar movie "Wall E", with barely any life and trash everywhere.It impacts us because this trash is poisoning the ocean just like the oil spill that happened a few months ago. And all this poisoned water means bad drinking water for us humans and other animals. Animals drink the polluted water and we eat the animals that drank the polluted water, thus polluting ourselves.

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Post  whatitdochickado on Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:27 pm

2. Suggest a solution to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. How can we solve this problem? Why is your solution better tahn other options?

There are a lot of different ways that we can fix this problem with all this garbage in our ocean. The "garbage dump" that people are using for their trash is NOT A GARBAGE DUMP! Exclamation Suspect Exclamation Suspect Exclamation Suspect Exclamation If there isn't a way to clean it up without messing up our oceans more than they already are we can at least stop throwing out trash in the wrong places and RECYCLE! Like that's what recycling bins are for, right? What's the big deal? Put your extra paper, and glass, and cans in paper, glass, and can recycling bins. Its probably just a few tiny steps away. If your lazy this may seem stupid, but would you rather take a few extra steps now, then have to live in conditions that sea animals have to live in in the oceans on land later? I wouldn't. I hate trash... But yeah, if we recycle more and maybe make more products out of reusable things instead of just stuff you throw away after using. Like teachers don't have to give out five million handouts a week. (No offence.. heh ':]) We can have online stuff to read like this discussion board thing. But some teachers won't wanna do it, of course. The paper supply should just cut back a tad. It's crazy how much paper supplies we use that aren't recycled. At least if they are recycled they can be re-made and reused. Same goes to soda cans and glass. REDUCE-->REUSE-->RECYCLE. Another thing we can do to reduce this mess we're in is to do beach clean ups every once in a while. It won't hurt to just pick up a piece or trash every once in a while. Hasn't killed me yet at least. Razz This solution is better than every other cause I said it was. haha. Nah, I kid. It's a better solution because it's pretty easy and it can become an easy way of life, just like driving eventually becomes another force of habit when you do it long enough. If we recyclye enough it will become a force of habit and our world will be sparkling! Well, maybe not "sparkling" in our lifetime sadly... but hopefully in our later gerenations!
tis all, thank you for reading! :]


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1. Why should we care? How does the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ultimately impact humans?

Post  smiley11 on Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:42 pm

We really should care a lot more of what we do with our trash, exspecially our plastics. This is crazy!!! Exclamation Exclamation After watching that CNN video, its scary...he said after just looking under water at the problem and him coming up and saying that he had pieces of the plastic and trash in his mouth peice is TERRIBLE!! That is also disgusting!! Also, as he was saying in the video that it can be poisones for the animals and for humans alike because the aninmals eat each other when eventually we will end up eating that fish or bird in some way. I wanna live in a better environment than the one we live in now and that a future generation can live in a better enviorment as well.

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That Article Was Really Long :P

Post  londylou on Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:10 pm

Why should we care? How does the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ultimately impact humans?

We should care because this mass of crap in the middle of the ocean is dirtying up our planet! I mean 3.5 MILLION tons? And over 80% is plastic that can't break down? That's ridiculous. And as stated in the video, "everything that happens on earth, stays on earth". The plastic and othe debris isnt just going to magically disappear, but continue to build. This obviously can ultimately impact us humans because it is already effecting the birds. Many birds consume the debris because it thinks that it is food. There is no nutritional value to the plastic, so the bird will feel full, but will not gain anything from it. They will eventually die off if this continues. Also, the fish are eating it too, and we eat the fish! The tiny pieces of platic could easily be overlooked when prepared and someone could end up eating it. This is potentially fatal and very dangerous for us. We really need to continue to reduce the amout that is already down there and recycle more!! Less than 5% of all plastic gets recycled. If we change that 5 to 100 then we wont have to worry about this tragic pile of poppycock growing any bigger than it already is. =)

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The Last Chance

Post  animalluver on Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:23 pm

We as humans should care about whats going in out environment, including our oceans. Earth is our home, and the home of our children and grandchildren. Though that may sound cheesy, this is a good point. Earth is the only planet we know of (and the only planet within reach) that can support life. If we destroy our planet (which is the direction we're headed) human life, as well as all other life, will die out. In the meen-time, we have to live here. We should make the best of what we have and respect everything we have. Lets face it, we have a lot. The amount of plastic in the ocean is rediculous and, quite frankly, disgusting. We're not only polluting our oceans. By eating fish, we could also be polluting our bodies. And who knows what kind of damage that can cause. Plastic isn't edible for a reason. And if we keep disrespecting our environment, nature, and ourselves, we'll loose everything. We don't get another ecosystem; another environment; another life; another chance. So lets make it last.

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Re: 5th Hour Discussion Board - Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Post  smiley11 on Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:42 pm

londylou wrote:Why should we care? How does the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ultimately impact humans?

We should care because this mass of crap in the middle of the ocean is dirtying up our planet! I mean 3.5 MILLION tons? And over 80% is plastic that can't break down? That's ridiculous. And as stated in the video, "everything that happens on earth, stays on earth". The plastic and othe debris isnt just going to magically disappear, but continue to build. This obviously can ultimately impact us humans because it is already effecting the birds. Many birds consume the debris because it thinks that it is food. There is no nutritional value to the plastic, so the bird will feel full, but will not gain anything from it. They will eventually die off if this continues. Also, the fish are eating it too, and we eat the fish! The tiny pieces of platic could easily be overlooked when prepared and someone could end up eating it. This is potentially fatal and very dangerous for us. We really need to continue to reduce the amout that is already down there and recycle more!! Less than 5% of all plastic gets recycled. If we change that 5 to 100 then we wont have to worry about this tragic pile of poppycock growing any bigger than it already is. =)

Totally agree. This is crazy!! All that plastic in the ocean is definitely a HUGE problem and not very many people are taking notice. All the birds are going to die out because they eat the garbage, your right and we could possibly die from eating the fish that has eaten the plastic as well and it could be easily looked over when its being prepared. People in the US need to learn the term RECYCLE and do it!! If they want to keep the earth clean, it mainly starts with us and what we do with our trash and plastics...

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Why wouldnt we?

Post  FounderofGFFandBabycat on Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:00 pm

1. Why should we care? How does the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ultimately impact humans?

We as humans should care because the Earth is our home. It is not just some house that can be trashed so that all of the human race can shoot off to Mars to make a new life. This is the only habitable place for our kind so there is great urgency when it is claimed that we are ruining our home. It only makes sense to care unless you are some person who wants to die of pollution and diseases killing you slowly or quickly in some cases. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch ultimately impact humans because it like smog etc is part of pollution and CAN DAMAGE US. The soupy matter of which is the garbage patch has already been linked to infertility and diabetes. It makes you wonder whats next?

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I kinda got a question...

Post  FounderofGFFandBabycat on Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:05 pm

londylou wrote: And over 80% is plastic that can't break down? That's ridiculous. And as stated in the video, "everything that happens on earth, stays on earth". The plastic and othe debris isnt just going to magically disappear, but continue to build.-LondyLou

I so did not know anything about how much plastic is in the ocean and how it doesn't deteriorate it just breaks down into smaller pieces I was looking at the video like WHAT?!?. So I was wondering if you ever knew about this before (concerning the plastic and the garbage island)

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HAHAHA

Post  FounderofGFFandBabycat on Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:09 pm

whatitdochickado wrote:2. Suggest a solution to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. How can we solve this problem? Why is your solution better tahn other options?

There are a lot of different ways that we can fix this problem with all this garbage in our ocean. The "garbage dump" that people are using for their trash is NOT A GARBAGE DUMP! Exclamation Suspect Exclamation Suspect Exclamation Suspect Exclamation If there isn't a way to clean it up without messing up our oceans more than they already are we can at least stop throwing out trash in the wrong places and RECYCLE! Like that's what recycling bins are for, right? What's the big deal? Put your extra paper, and glass, and cans in paper, glass, and can recycling bins. Its probably just a few tiny steps away. If your lazy this may seem stupid, but would you rather take a few extra steps now, then have to live in conditions that sea animals have to live in in the oceans on land later? I wouldn't. I hate trash... But yeah, if we recycle more and maybe make more products out of reusable things instead of just stuff you throw away after using. Like teachers don't have to give out five million handouts a week. (No offence.. heh ':]) We can have online stuff to read like this discussion board thing. But some teachers won't wanna do it, of course. The paper supply should just cut back a tad. It's crazy how much paper supplies we use that aren't recycled. At least if they are recycled they can be re-made and reused. Same goes to soda cans and glass. REDUCE-->REUSE-->RECYCLE. Another thing we can do to reduce this mess we're in is to do beach clean ups every once in a while. It won't hurt to just pick up a piece or trash every once in a while. Hasn't killed me yet at least. Razz This solution is better than every other cause I said it was. haha. Nah, I kid. It's a better solution because it's pretty easy and it can become an easy way of life, just like driving eventually becomes another force of habit when you do it long enough. If we recyclye enough it will become a force of habit and our world will be sparkling! Well, maybe not "sparkling" in our lifetime sadly... but hopefully in our later gerenations!
tis all, thank you for reading! :]
the end.

While reading your response I was quite humored and I completely agree especially on the teacher handout topic. Yet we are already doing recycling so how would you change what people are doing now? No offense at all because I completely side with you on this one.

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Post  LittleMissSophie on Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:20 pm

We should care because the human population increases rapidly. Our natural resources are contaminated by us. How would we survive without fresh water and healthy sea animals that we eat.All this plastic covering the ocean surface and the ocean floor. Animals are dying from eating or being trapped by this trash. We are eating our own garbage. Its like one big cycle.With this problem increasing our health shall drop rapidly. sickness will come easier to people who come across contaminated seafood!

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WALKING ON PLASTIC

Post  MiszCheesekake41 on Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:45 pm

1. Why should we care? How does the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ultimately impact humans?

There are so many reasons why we should care about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But the main thing is that it greatly impacts our health. The plastic is passed along the foodchain and eventually gets in our bodies when we consume fish and other animals.This is bad for us because we're basically eating plastic and its poisons. Also animals are impacted because they think the plastic is food and die with large amounts of plastic in their bodies. More and more plastic is building up if we don't do anything to stop it eveuntully the whole ocean will be poluted with plastic. Our drinking water sources will become poluted and then people will have to drink bottled water. Land life will soon be affected and plants will start to die.The earth will be like one large landfill. Its a shame that this is going on when recycling can greatly reduce the polution. It might not completely solve the issue but it can reduce it. People around the world need to become aware and take action before its too late. No No No

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Post  smiley11 on Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:54 pm

animalluver wrote:We as humans should care about whats going in out environment, including our oceans. Earth is our home, and the home of our children and grandchildren. Though that may sound cheesy, this is a good point. Earth is the only planet we know of (and the only planet within reach) that can support life. If we destroy our planet (which is the direction we're headed) human life, as well as all other life, will die out. In the meen-time, we have to live here. We should make the best of what we have and respect everything we have. Lets face it, we have a lot. The amount of plastic in the ocean is rediculous and, quite frankly, disgusting. We're not only polluting our oceans. By eating fish, we could also be polluting our bodies. And who knows what kind of damage that can cause. Plastic isn't edible for a reason. And if we keep disrespecting our environment, nature, and ourselves, we'll loose everything. We don't get another ecosystem; another environment; another life; another chance. So lets make it last.


Yes, I honestly think that we as humans should care of what is going on in our environment. I totally agree if we don't keep the earth clean, what exactly is going to happen to us and the future generation and all the animals and plant life that is here with us? Are we going to keep it clean or are we just going to keep doing what we are doing and just die and kill things faster?? I think that recycling should be taught and reinforced everywhere and everyone should know about it and try and be green for the environment.

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WHY SHOULD WE CARE?

Post  GummyBearLove on Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:36 am

Is that even a suitable question to ask? Seriously? We put ourselves in situations like these. Some REFUSE to recycle. For what reason?..None at all. This is our planet. And we treat it like we don't have to live here as long as we're alive. Think about it, there were 6 times more plastic in a sample of the water than there were plankton. That makes no sense at all, because we're given the opportunity to recycle. How does this impact us? This can get into our food system. As shown,birds and fish eat the plastics. Doesn't humans eat fish? We have the possibility of biting into small or large pieces of plastic while were thinking about enjoying our food. Another reason it may impact us is what if it gets bigger? Then what. People see what happens, but they dont tend to do much about it. What if it gets bigger and starts coming onto our dry land. Closer to shore means the more likely it is for the fish and seafood to die. So why even put ourselves in that position. Just RECYCLE!! Its not that hard.

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Tragic

Post  snookieluvs2tan on Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:39 am

I think it's quite terrible how people dont throw away trash when they are finished with it, and this stuff just floats right into our sewage systems...We should care because this is the future of our planet! How will the world look in ten years ,or even five if we dont start cleaning things up now? 80% of plastic doesnt break down, yeah, ok, so that doesnt mean we have to throw our garbage and cheeto bags into the sewer. I've seen people walk over to the sewer and just throw in banana peels! We need to care about this because not all this trash is going to stay in one spot, especially if the ocean is going to rise 3 feet over the next 90 or so years.

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Post  Communistkid on Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:58 am

1. Why should we care? How does the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ultimately impact humans?

We should care about the dump because it may ultimately effect humans. Eventually it will start to effect more and more of the ocean animals. This will cause their deaths which than greatly effects larger ocean dwellers by killing off their food supply. This will not only harm our food supply but also destroy many jobs that depend on these fish.

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Post  earthycolors on Thu Sep 09, 2010 3:12 pm

londylou wrote:Why should we care? How does the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ultimately impact humans?

We should care because this mass of crap in the middle of the ocean is dirtying up our planet! I mean 3.5 MILLION tons? And over 80% is plastic that can't break down? That's ridiculous. And as stated in the video, "everything that happens on earth, stays on earth". The plastic and othe debris isnt just going to magically disappear, but continue to build. This obviously can ultimately impact us humans because it is already effecting the birds. Many birds consume the debris because it thinks that it is food. There is no nutritional value to the plastic, so the bird will feel full, but will not gain anything from it. They will eventually die off if this continues. Also, the fish are eating it too, and we eat the fish! The tiny pieces of platic could easily be overlooked when prepared and someone could end up eating it. This is potentially fatal and very dangerous for us. We really need to continue to reduce the amout that is already down there and recycle more!! Less than 5% of all plastic gets recycled. If we change that 5 to 100 then we wont have to worry about this tragic pile of poppycock growing any bigger than it already is. =)

-LondyLou

I totally agree with you. The ocean isn't just a giant trash can that we can throw our waste into and it will dissappear. This is the home to millions of fish, birds, etc and we have no right to just ruin their home. We need to start taking more boats out to start picking up all of this dump and increase awareness of this issue. I bet only about 20% to 30% of the U.S. know about this Garbage patch. And letting people know about it will definatly be good for us and inspire people to help out and recycle more.

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Post  earthycolors on Thu Sep 09, 2010 3:19 pm

Communistkid wrote:1. Why should we care? How does the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ultimately impact humans?

We should care about the dump because it may ultimately effect humans. Eventually it will start to effect more and more of the ocean animals. This will cause their deaths which than greatly effects larger ocean dwellers by killing off their food supply. This will not only harm our food supply but also destroy many jobs that depend on these fish.

Exactly, Commie kid. I don't know why these morons think that throwing their trash in the water or littering don't affect them. They probably have no idea that they're contributing to fish shortages and other issues of the sort. Trash isn't just going to "disappear". It's going to continue to build and get progressively larger and bigger and more massive til they wont just be able to ignore it anymore, cause it'll be right at their doorstep! The president needs to acknowledge this issue and you know that whatever problem President Obama announces on T.V. will become a nationwide sensation and be in the front page of the news for days, mabye weeks until this thing is cleaned up. So far this hasn't even made news yet in years. Its like people don't care.

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Re: 5th Hour Discussion Board - Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Post  whatitdochickado on Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:01 pm

FounderofGFFandBabycat wrote:
whatitdochickado wrote:2. Suggest a solution to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. How can we solve this problem? Why is your solution better tahn other options?

There are a lot of different ways that we can fix this problem with all this garbage in our ocean. The "garbage dump" that people are using for their trash is NOT A GARBAGE DUMP! Exclamation Suspect Exclamation Suspect Exclamation Suspect Exclamation If there isn't a way to clean it up without messing up our oceans more than they already are we can at least stop throwing out trash in the wrong places and RECYCLE! Like that's what recycling bins are for, right? What's the big deal? Put your extra paper, and glass, and cans in paper, glass, and can recycling bins. Its probably just a few tiny steps away. If your lazy this may seem stupid, but would you rather take a few extra steps now, then have to live in conditions that sea animals have to live in in the oceans on land later? I wouldn't. I hate trash... But yeah, if we recycle more and maybe make more products out of reusable things instead of just stuff you throw away after using. Like teachers don't have to give out five million handouts a week. (No offence.. heh ':]) We can have online stuff to read like this discussion board thing. But some teachers won't wanna do it, of course. The paper supply should just cut back a tad. It's crazy how much paper supplies we use that aren't recycled. At least if they are recycled they can be re-made and reused. Same goes to soda cans and glass. REDUCE-->REUSE-->RECYCLE. Another thing we can do to reduce this mess we're in is to do beach clean ups every once in a while. It won't hurt to just pick up a piece or trash every once in a while. Hasn't killed me yet at least. Razz This solution is better than every other cause I said it was. haha. Nah, I kid. It's a better solution because it's pretty easy and it can become an easy way of life, just like driving eventually becomes another force of habit when you do it long enough. If we recyclye enough it will become a force of habit and our world will be sparkling! Well, maybe not "sparkling" in our lifetime sadly... but hopefully in our later gerenations!
tis all, thank you for reading! :]
the end.

While reading your response I was quite humored and I completely agree especially on the teacher handout topic. Yet we are already doing recycling so how would you change what people are doing now? No offense at all because I completely side with you on this one.

haha. no offence taken. and we can just have more severe consiquences for not recycling properly. like dumping all that trash in their room. {: hah.

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Post  whatitdochickado on Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:03 pm

smiley11 wrote:We really should care a lot more of what we do with our trash, exspecially our plastics. This is crazy!!! Exclamation Exclamation After watching that CNN video, its scary...he said after just looking under water at the problem and him coming up and saying that he had pieces of the plastic and trash in his mouth peice is TERRIBLE!! That is also disgusting!! Also, as he was saying in the video that it can be poisones for the animals and for humans alike because the aninmals eat each other when eventually we will end up eating that fish or bird in some way. I wanna live in a better environment than the one we live in now and that a future generation can live in a better enviorment as well.

i agree with every word you said! [: good points. it is really freaky about all that plastic. like, i've thought about how all this trash would effect us here. but i hadn't thought about it this much..

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Post  Communistkid on Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:09 pm

earthycolors wrote:1. Why should we care? How does the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ultimately impact humans?

ANSWER: We should care like crazy because this big mass of trash in the middle of the ocean might be our demise later on in the future. Fish and birds eat the plastic and bits of metal and other trash which makes them sick; we fish for a fraction of our food and it would be really bad if we bit into a fish that had little bits of plastic in it or roasted a bird with a bottle cap in it. Us humans are destroying our planet just because half of us refuse to recycle. If this goes on, then in a matter of years, we are going to destroy our planet and it'll end up being like the earth in the Disney/Pixar movie "Wall E", with barely any life and trash everywhere.It impacts us because this trash is poisoning the ocean just like the oil spill that happened a few months ago. And all this poisoned water means bad drinking water for us humans and other animals. Animals drink the polluted water and we eat the animals that drank the polluted water, thus polluting ourselves.

I agree it would be terrible to bite into a fish and then have to remove a scrap of plastic. While i don't think it will get as bad as it did in the movie it'll get pretty terrible.

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Post  mexicanapplethief on Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:24 am

2. Suggest a solution to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. How can we solve this problem? Why is your solution better than other options?

The Pacific Garbage patch is a rather large problem because of it's sensitive nature. There has been a lot of cracking down on pollution lately and this is a good social outlook, especially to motivate scientists and researchers to help solve problems like this. My proposal is, build a series of cleanup boats. The plastic is being broken down to small polymers floating above the water's surface, this means any boat with a large skimmer could be able to get the plastic waste off the surface as it breaks down, large chunks can be picked up with boats designed for large pieces of plastic. One kind of boat would have 3 skimming nets bolted onto the sides and front of the boat with intake valves taking in water with the force at which the boat moves, after this there is a filtration system all 3 nets are connected to that excretes water with less or no polymers in it by method of a biodegradable adhesive pad clinging to plastics,this could be further justified economically by adding a hydroelectric turbine that the water passes by to generate electricity for the boat. The other kind of boat would have a large task force aboard with several simple machine-based catching nets and arms to retrieve large plastic pieces, the turbine can be incorporated on this as well. I feel as if my solution is superior to many because it deals with cost-effectiveness and practical application more realistically.

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Post  mexicanapplethief on Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:26 am

Communistkid wrote:1. Why should we care? How does the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ultimately impact humans?

We should care about the dump because it may ultimately effect humans. Eventually it will start to effect more and more of the ocean animals. This will cause their deaths which than greatly effects larger ocean dwellers by killing off their food supply. This will not only harm our food supply but also destroy many jobs that depend on these fish.
Absolutely true, as we speak jellyfish are consuming small plastic polymers, they are poisoned and eaten by predators, eventually it will spread all over the ocean.

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Post  mexicanapplethief on Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:32 am

whatitdochickado wrote:2. Suggest a solution to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. How can we solve this problem? Why is your solution better tahn other options?

There are a lot of different ways that we can fix this problem with all this garbage in our ocean. The "garbage dump" that people are using for their trash is NOT A GARBAGE DUMP! Exclamation Suspect Exclamation Suspect Exclamation Suspect Exclamation If there isn't a way to clean it up without messing up our oceans more than they already are we can at least stop throwing out trash in the wrong places and RECYCLE! Like that's what recycling bins are for, right? What's the big deal? Put your extra paper, and glass, and cans in paper, glass, and can recycling bins. Its probably just a few tiny steps away. If your lazy this may seem stupid, but would you rather take a few extra steps now, then have to live in conditions that sea animals have to live in in the oceans on land later? I wouldn't. I hate trash... But yeah, if we recycle more and maybe make more products out of reusable things instead of just stuff you throw away after using. Like teachers don't have to give out five million handouts a week. (No offence.. heh ':]) We can have online stuff to read like this discussion board thing. But some teachers won't wanna do it, of course. The paper supply should just cut back a tad. It's crazy how much paper supplies we use that aren't recycled. At least if they are recycled they can be re-made and reused. Same goes to soda cans and glass. REDUCE-->REUSE-->RECYCLE. Another thing we can do to reduce this mess we're in is to do beach clean ups every once in a while. It won't hurt to just pick up a piece or trash every once in a while. Hasn't killed me yet at least. Razz This solution is better than every other cause I said it was. haha. Nah, I kid. It's a better solution because it's pretty easy and it can become an easy way of life, just like driving eventually becomes another force of habit when you do it long enough. If we recyclye enough it will become a force of habit and our world will be sparkling! Well, maybe not "sparkling" in our lifetime sadly... but hopefully in our later gerenations!
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Good outlook on the problem, however, it is plastics we are dealing with here. Did you know it costs the US approximately as much money as it would to recycle as it would just to dig more landfills? It would also let off the same amount of harmful emissions due to the process of recycling plastics. Also we cannot just endlessly use and reuse because every time we break plastic down into pellets to be melted down again into a new object, we only use a certain percentage of recycled plastic because it makes clear surfaces cloudy and some plastic is lost in the recycling plastic and vaporized into polymers that settle in place much like they are in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Now, obviously we know recycling is the right thing to do for the environment but it is not as solid as people think and there is an argument left for the people that want to make landfills. We actually have a lot of room for landfills, but this is ineffective because it isn't dealing with the problem, it's avoiding it, which is never a good idea.

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Re: 5th Hour Discussion Board - Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Post  londylou on Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:29 pm

animalluver wrote:We as humans should care about whats going in out environment, including our oceans. Earth is our home, and the home of our children and grandchildren. Though that may sound cheesy, this is a good point. Earth is the only planet we know of (and the only planet within reach) that can support life. If we destroy our planet (which is the direction we're headed) human life, as well as all other life, will die out. In the meen-time, we have to live here. We should make the best of what we have and respect everything we have. Lets face it, we have a lot. The amount of plastic in the ocean is rediculous and, quite frankly, disgusting. We're not only polluting our oceans. By eating fish, we could also be polluting our bodies. And who knows what kind of damage that can cause. Plastic isn't edible for a reason. And if we keep disrespecting our environment, nature, and ourselves, we'll loose everything. We don't get another ecosystem; another environment; another life; another chance. So lets make it last.

I totally agree with you Animalluver!! This is the only planet with life on it that we know of and if this is destryed than so will the entire human race Sad And if we eat the fish that have eaten this plastic and it hasnt been properly cleaned, then we could end up ingesting the plastic also. Its a chain reaction of a perilous nature. People should stop being such silly-billies and recycle their plastics and paper!!! Its really not that hard!!

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