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Problems with Waste. Landfills - We’re running out of space Incinerators – Produce toxins Recycling – Still consumes energy Where should we put all of our garbage?. Can We Send Garbage Into Space?. Would interfere with satellites and other spacecrafts that orbit the Earth/Universe

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problems with waste
Problems with Waste
  • Landfills - We’re running out of space
  • Incinerators – Produce toxins
  • Recycling – Still consumes energy
  • Where should we put all of our garbage?
can we send garbage into space
Can We Send Garbage Into Space?
  • Would interfere with satellites and other spacecrafts that orbit the Earth/Universe
  • Takes significant energy to launch a rocket into space
what is the patch
What is the Patch?
  • a swirling, 3-million-pound mass of plastic and other trash…a “plastic soup”
  • The patch is characterized by exceptionally high concentrations of suspended plastic and other debris that have been trapped by ocean currents.
  • Covers an area twice the size of Texas,

according to researchers with the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, which has been tracking the Patch for a decade.

……..And it's not going away.

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It is estimated that 80% of the garbage comes from land-based sources, and 20% from ships at sea.
how does garbage affect marine life
How does garbage affect marine life?
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLrVCI4N67M
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a4S23uXIcM&feature=related
  • http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/260772/january-06-2010/charles-moore
organisms affected by garbage
Organisms affected by Garbage
  • Plastic closely resembles zoo plankton, and are eaten by jellyfish
  • Turtles eat plastic bags, thinking they are jelly fish
  • Seals and other marine animals get tangled in the garbage
  • plastic enters the food chain
a closer look albatross
A Closer Look: Albatross
  • nest in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands
  • mistake trash for food, and feed it to their chicks
  • 40 % of albatross chicks die from trash filling their bellies

(including cigarette lighters, toothbrushes, syringes, toys, clothespins and every other type of plastic)

  • Chicks eat about 5 tons of plastic a year
what is the solution
What is the Solution?
  • None!
  • Since this garbage is in “international waters” no specific country is held responsible
  • It is too expensive to haul the garbage out of the water
  • There is “no place” to put the garbage-which country should fill their landfills with “global garbage”?
what can you do
What can YOU do?
  • Prevention: reduce, reuse, recycle!
    • Reduce the amount of plastic that you use so it does not end up in the ocean or landfill
    • Reuse-Example: buy a resuable water bottle instead of buying disposable plastic bottles
    • Recycle: bring the plastic you use to the recycle center
  • Awareness
      • Tell your friends, family and community about reducing, reusing and recycling!
  • You are the future! You can make a difference
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E-waste in Ghana (6:20 min)
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pr1zQrXM_7s
solutions
Solutions…
  • What if we found a way to use these materials as fuel in the future? Then it would be all gone!
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SOLUTIONS?
  • STOP before you buy!
    • Is it recyclable?
    • Is it biodegradable?
    • Can it be composted?
    • Do you REALLY need it?
  • Remember…
    • REDUCE – (most important step!)
    • REUSE
    • RECYCLE
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SOLUTIONS?
  • Don’t LITTER!
  • If you see garbage, PICK IT UP!
mobro boat
Mobro Boat
  • Sailed from Islip, NY for 5 months to find a place to dispose of 3200 tons of garbage
  • Returned to NY and burned the garbage which produced 430 tons of ash
mobro
Mobro
  • Traveled along east coast to Belize, Cuba and back to New York
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