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E-M:/ The great pacific garbage patch
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- Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 22:37:06 -0800
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At first viewing, this video and article might not seem like a Michigan or Detroit issue (because we presume our trash stays inland and doesn't end up in the ocean) but as you will see, manufacturing runoff (pre-production plastic pellets) that is not biodegradable IS an auto manufacturing and chemical issue and therefore a Michigan issue.
And the food chain is most definitely a Michigan issue regardless of how far away it starts.
If anything, this video and article should at least bolster our reasons for doing things better and strengthen our verbal and written immune systems when defending or selling our ideas to others.
Virally, spreading this video and article to those we know who live outside the heartland (or country) and near the oceans, possibly in certain industries, can accomplish even more than just assuming nothing can be done. This is also an opportunity for lawmaking to prevent shipboard dumping and promote free recycling and trash handling at port AND free electric hookup IF ships bring "a typical amount" of trash and recyclables to port. This avoids the entire enforcement-in-the-middle-of-the-ocean issue.
In-ocean skimming and material recovery is one thing, on-land prevention is another. If we determine we can't clean up what's already there, the greatest thing we can do is keep more from going in until mining the oceans is feasable.
Make sure to watch the unnumbered bisphenol footage after all the other parts of the video have played.