by Ron Su, Simon Fraser University
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a large island of floating waste in the Pacific Ocean. It shows our excessive use of plastic and bad recycling habit. In order to fix the problem, we must first let more people know about it.
Did you ever wonder what happens to the plastic water bottle after you are done with it?
If you put it in the recycle bin, good for you! The problem is that only 5% of us recycle our plastic waste. The rest of it goes to landfills or end up in the middle of the ocean.
The plastic waste in the ocean gets broken up into very small pieces by the ocean current. They then get tangled with other ocean garbage when moving with the current. The result is a huge patch of floating garbage. This patch poses some serious negative impacts on the environment, the wildlife, and our health.
Watch this video to get a basic sense of what it is:
Did you already know that this patch exists before you watch this video?
If your answer is no, it's okay. In fact, most people have never heard of it.
You will soon become an expect on this issue and be able to educate the people around you.