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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Saturday May 12, 2018, 2:32 pm
“Recycling is a myth. We are making more junk than we can reuse. Today, we only recycle 3% of the total production of our garbage.”

– Captain Charles Moore

The reporters who built their reputations in the Golden Age of Muckraking raked muck on dry land, not at sea. Ida B. Wells, Ida Tarbell and Lincoln Steffens exposed racism, political corruption and corporate greed in books like The Free Speech (1892), The History of the Standard Oil Company (1904) and The Shame of the Cities (1904).

Upton Sinclair uncovered the nauseating meatpacking industry in The Jungle (1906) and helped bring about the passage of The Pure Food and Drug Act. Carey McWilliams, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Edward Snowden have carried on the tradition.

More recently, Captain Charles Moore has revealed what might be called the “shame of the oceans.”

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Saturday May 12, 2018, 2:34 pm
A sea captain and an oceanographer, he has brought to the attention of the world, over the past two decades, the existence of the “Great Pacific Garbage Pack,” an area in the Pacific Ocean twice the size of Texas that’s littered with plastic and that’s rapidly destroying sea life.

Moore originally called the area a “plastic cesspool.”

I caught up with Captain Moore recently at a high school in California where he talked to students about the crisis of garbage that’s engulfing the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian oceans.

Moore also spoke briefly about garbage in outer space.

“There are one millions pieces of trash orbiting the Earth,” he said calmly. Indeed, not once did he raise his voice. He added, “We’re constantly putting trash out there.”

Moore had just returned from Shanghai where he had taken his message to Chinese students and adults.

He lives and works in Long Beach, California where he founded the Algalita Marine Research and Education project that raises environmental awareness about the growing crisis of plastic at sea.

Wearing a black suit, a white shirt and a bow tie, Moore showed color slides and delivered a grim message to 350 California students, most of them firm believers in recycling.

“We are making more junk than we can reuse,” he said. “Recycling is a myth. We can’t do it. Today, we only recycle 3% of the total production of our garbage.”

Moore lambasted Amazon in particular for manufacturing and distributing tons of cardboard and plastic products.

More from Moore on site.

And More Muck coming to an ocean, lake, river, stream, puddle near you.

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Colleen L (3)
Saturday May 12, 2018, 7:00 pm
Despicable the way humans have allowed our beautiful oceans, sea and lakes to turn to such filthy conditions.
Shame on all who continue doing it Thanks Fiona.

Animae C (508)
Saturday May 12, 2018, 7:11 pm
We must not stop the fight to BAN ALL PLASTICS!!! ✊

TY Fiona

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Saturday May 12, 2018, 8:02 pm
And plastics for the most part come from fossil fuels....which never should have been removed from the ground.

Nita L (127)
Saturday May 12, 2018, 10:03 pm
Thank you Fiona

Doris F (19)
Sunday May 13, 2018, 5:21 am
Planet Plastic :-(, thank you for sharing Fiona

Darren W (218)
Monday May 14, 2018, 11:36 am
Noted and shared news article over social media to raise and spread awareness.

Roberto MARINI (88)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 10:15 am
thanks for sharing

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 12:07 pm

Janis K (129)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 7:40 pm
So sad for our planet.

Winn A (179)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 6:32 am

Margie FOURIE (148)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 1:04 am
Thank you

TOM T (247)
Sunday July 15, 2018, 2:57 pm
Signed Noted, & Shared .....
Surely Hope So !!

Thank You ....
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