THE GO GREEN PLASTIKI EXPEDITION
The Plastiki Expedition Issues
The great Pacific Garbage patch - plastic gyre is an environmental disaster on a biblical type scale that the expedition identified as something that could not be ignored. Its crew of four scientists and others showed the damage to the oceans of the world because of coral bleaching, overfishing, the great Pacific vortex and the acidification of the oceans. All this created by the dumping of chemical sludge, plastics, fishing nets and other nasties that have circled the main ocean current into a huge pool of toxic debris. The expedition showed the world that no one was free of the environmental effects of the patch as the toxins were being spread through the food chain of animals, plants and fish, finally reaching our tables.
The Plastiki Expedition Go Green Resolutions
The going green expedition aimed to activate the environmental doers/thinkers of the future, inspiring and captivating them to take action to protect the fragile planet that we are taking for granted. It hoped to inspire everyone to think about even waste as a potentially environmentally friendly resource. The idea that one man's dumped waste was another man's profitable treasure. In fact, the construction of the boat for the voyage highlighted how even plastics such as those degrading and polluting the oceans could be reused positively without harming the environment. It was designed as a massive catamaran with about twenty-thousand plastic bottles filled with carbon dioxide and then tightly packed and firmly tied to pontoons. Each pontoon was securely strapped to the lengthy hull with rigid types of plastic tubing without using resins or glues. In fact, the entire boat was a successful attempt at very green plastic recycling.
The voyage took about 4 months, going through varied polluted marine areas, including the eastern patch that was at the time 6 times that of the UK, a vast plastic graveyard. Most interestingly, the boat addressed environmental issues faced by plastics, aiming to be totally sustainable. It treated its own waste, created fresh water and generated its own energy. Named in honour of the famed expedition, the Kontiki, the expedition and its boat challenged current and past, so-called civilized assumptions about how to dispose of waste and ignore the build up of pollution in the world's oceans.
The voice of concerned scientists and others were finally heard clearly by the world's media and peoples as the expedition shattered the myths and fallacies that have been plaguing civilizations since time began, even more so today. It emphasized the need for more sustainable solutions for preventing and cleaning-up the great patches of marine garbage that are accumulating in our world's oceans and the scary imbalance that has predicated the deaths of plant/animal species, altered others (even sexually) forever and threatens our own health with disease and even potential extinction if nothing environmentally friendly is done about it soon.
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- “The trash vortex”, online information, Greenpeace, 2010, http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/oceans/pollution/trash-vortex
- “Marine Research and Restoration”, online articles, Algalita.Org, 2010, http://www.algalita.org/