Published on May 7, 2009
Plastic Bottles & Ocean Pollution
Oceans make up 97% of Earth’s water
Oceans feed us and sustain us
Most of the oxygen in our atmosphere is generated by the sea
Oceans drive our climate and weather
Our very lives depend on the ocean
Yet we’re poisoning the ocean with hundreds of millions of tons of plastic
Over 2 million plastic beverage bottles are used every 5 minutes in the U.S.
As little asas As little 10% of plastic bottles 10% of are recycled plastic bottles are recycled
The rest end up in landﬁlls or in our oceans
There is a garbage patch twice the size of Texas in the North Paciﬁc
100 million marine mammals and turtles in the north Paciﬁc are killed every year by plastic in the ocean
70-100% of North Paciﬁc sea birds are affected by eating plastic. This albatross starved to death because it ate too much plastic trash.
Plastic fragments concentrate pollutants up to one million times ambient levels in sea water - making ingested plastic into poison pills
So what? Think the ocean isn’t important?
Imagine Earth without it
Plastic is killing the ocean
Plastic is poisoning the ﬁsh you eat
The ﬁsh you eat have likely ingested contaminated plastic. Nature can no longer produce organic ﬁsh in the ocean.
What can YOU do?
Stop using plastic beverage bottles!
8.8 billion gallons of bottled water were consumed in the U.S. in 2007
That’s 232 16 oz. bottles per person a year
Only a small fraction are recycled
Up to 63.4 BILLION plastic bottles are dumped into landﬁlls and the ocean a year
That’s 173,589,041 bottles every day
120,548 plastic bottles end up in landﬁlls or the ocean every minute
THE CHALLENGE Use reusable water bottles ﬁlled with ﬁltered tap water
If each person in the U.S. replaced their disposable bottled water with a reusable container ﬁlled with tap water, we’d keep BILLIONS of plastic water bottles out of the ocean
It’s easy to do It will help save the ocean It will save you money
Where to learn more http://savetheocean.wordpress.com http://www.rozsavage.com/index.php/environment/paciﬁc-stage-1-plastic-pollution http://www.ﬁlterforgood.com/ http://www.algalita.org/ http://www.healthebay.org
Photo Credits Slide 1: Doug James, Cornell University Slide 2: NASA Slide 3: NOAA Slide 4: stock.xchng, www.sxc.hu Slide 5: Environment Canada Satellite Image Slide 6: stock.xchng, www.sxc.hu Slide 7: Heal The Bay, www.healthebay.org Slide 8: Doug James, Cornell University Slide 9: Jeff Bennett, DigitalSplashMedia Slide 10: stock.xchng, www.sxc.hu Slide 11: Jeff Bennett, DigitalSplashMedia Slide 12: stock.xchng, www.sxc.hu Slide 13: www.sanrafaelvolunteers.org Slide 14: Algalita Marine Research Foundation, www.algalita.org Slide 15: stock.xchng, www.sxc.hu Slide 16: NASA Slide 17: stock.xchng, www.sxc.hu Slide 18: Adam Laverty, www.endoverfishing.org Slide 19: NOAA Slide 20: stock.xchng, www.sxc.hu Slide 21: Jeff Bennett, DigitalSplashMedia Slide 22: sstock.xchng, www.sxc.hu Slide 23: stock.xchng, www.sxc.hu Slide 24: stock.xchng, www.sxc.hu Slide 25: Doug James, Cornell University Slide 26: stock.xchng, www.sxc.hu Slide 27: stock.xchng, www.sxc.hu Slide 28: stock.xchng, www.sxc.hu Slide 29: Jeff Bennett, DigitalSplashMedia Slide 30: stock.xchng, www.sxc.hu
an online visual explanation by www.DigitalSplashMedia.com
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