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10 million pieces of trash plucked from water in 1 day

Posted by feww on April 14, 2010

Flip-flops washed ashore near the Arctic Circle

“We saw flip-flops washing ashore on these islands in far northern Norway near the Arctic Circle,” said Cousteau, an environmentalist.

“People don’t wear flip-flops in the Arctic, at least not if they’re sane.”

Half a million volunteers around the world retrieved 10,239,538 pieces of trash from our ocean, lakes and waterways in a single day, September 19, 2009. The trash weighed about 3.4 million kg (7.4 million pounds), a tiny fraction of the total marine litter. Most of marine trash starts on land.

Clean This!


Citarum River, Indonesia.  More than 500 factories along the banks of the 330km long Citarum River, contribute to this man-made disaster. Source: Sea-way. Click image to enlarge.

Highlights from The 2009 International Coastal Cleanup

Volunteers around the world covered 14,827 miles, more than six times the length of the Mississippi river, and found:

  • 336 marine animals, including 138 birds, entangled in marine debris 120 of the animals were still alive and released. Fishing line and nets were some of the most dangerous items, trapping over 200 animals
  • 512,517 cups, plates, forks, knives and spoons enough to provide a full set of dinnerware to over 100,000 people
  • 8,881 bottles of oil/lube during the cleanup. This is the amount that would be used to change the oil in nearly 12,000 mid-sized cars
  • More than 40 percent of all trash was collected in the United States
  • About 20 percent of the garbage collected threatened public health, and most debris were a threat to marine animals.

Clean This!


Lake Tai, the 3rd largest lake in China, is covered in green algae. About 3,000 factories located on the shores of Lake Tai have turned the lake into one of the most polluted in China. Click image to enlarge.

What If:
What if the same number of volunteers removed  the same amount of trash from the ocean every day, instead of just one day of the year?
It wouldn’t make the slightest bit of difference.

Why NOT?
For three reasons:

  • First, the amount of litter retrieved would still constitute only a tiny fraction of the overall trash in the world’s waterway.
  • Third, nearly all of the sewage, agricultural, industrial, chemical/toxic pollution that enter the waterways dissolve in the water and become invisible.

The Problem?

To stop the trash entering our oceans and waterways, you have to stop producing waste. There’s no other formula that works.

The source of our oceans’ grave illnesses are the system of exponential growth economy, that cannot thrive without generating mountains of harmful waste. You cannot stop the oceans from dying without first changing the economy from its current state, into an eco-centered Oikonomia.

How Effective is the Work Done by Ocean Conservancy?

Coca-Cola, the Dow Chemical and the likes that have embedded  Ocean Conservancy ares the Praetorian Guards of the predatory economic system. It’s difficult to see how those companies would seriously act against their own monetary interests.

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