Everett Cafe News: Oceans of Plastic
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 07/02/2018
Uploaded: 07/03/2018
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: Conservation, Environment, Green, marine ecology, Plastic, Pollution, Recycling, Science education, Sustainability, Wildlife

Description/Abstract: Everett Cafe News: Oceans of Plastic, through mid-August

While it may the largest and most well known, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, or Pacific Trash Vortex, is not alone; gigantic trash colonies are trapped in massive gyres swirling around the North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Indian, and Arctic oceans — to such a degree that by 2050 we may have more plastic than fish in our waters! Yes, that's right. Roughly 8-15 million tons of plastic pour per year into the ocean — much of it single use — straws, bags, bottles, common household items, you name it -- not re-used, not re-duced, not re-cycled, but simply made to be thrown-away.

Toxins and plastics ingested by fish or sea creatures pass through the food chain, as the garbage keeps piling— some of it beneath the water’s surface! Did you know that halfway between New Zealand and Chile lies the uninhabited Henderson Island which tops the “polluted by plastics” list? As of 2018, this World Heritage site witnessed a whopping 18 tons of plastic debris -- close to 40 million tons of junk washed up by several continents, and also lying broken down in particles below the white sand.

"Oceans of Plastic" builds upon green initiatives for World Environment Day, June 5th, 2018, whose theme is "Beat Plastic Pollution". It also supports "Makers of the Deep", a week-long Learning Theater event designed for the Hollingworth Center summer science campers who will play the roles of activist, oceanographer, marine biologist, and ocean engineer.

This display incorporates research, narrative journey, children’s books, and practical ideas for addressing the pressing problem of plastic.

Where: Everett Cafe