Gallery: 5 Gyres Update: The Finale of Our Oceanic Plastic Research Exp...

 

My journey on the Sea Dragon with the 5 Gyres crew — sponsored by Electrolux — has finally come to a close, and I am back home safe and sound. Traveling through the fjords in southern Chile in search of chemical pollution in the ocean was an eye-opening and inspiring experience. We saw some of the most beautiful places in the world, and I learned about the plastic epidemic from people that have been through the worst plastic accumulation zones in the world. The reality of the problem is that it is widespread, damaging and remains to a large extent unknown. Plastic is invading our seas, harming our marine life, and we are still ignorant to its long-term effects on the environment. The good news is there are people working on a solution.

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  1. lazyreader March 23, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Everyone wants to go to the Pacific and see the Gyre. Why not charge fees and turn it into a tourist attraction. And the money could go for cleaning up the site. Volunteer labor and money can clean the entire site. After all it was some of their trash that ended up there anyway.

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