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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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World’s Worst Industrial Disaster [to date]

Posted by feww on December 4, 2009

Bhopal Pesticide Plant Disaster: 25 years on

This week marked the 25th anniversary of India’s Bhopal gas leak disaster with protesters demanding that those responsible for the deaths of thousands be brought to account.

Local activists attend a demonstration to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster in Bhopal, December 3, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Reinhard Krause. Image may be subject to copyright.

Survivors, campaigners and protesters ended a week of demonstrations by marching to the site of pesticide plant owned by Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) in Bhopal, India.

A cloud of about 30 tons of methyl isocyanate and other lethal gases escaped from the UCIL  factory turning Bhopal into a giant gas chamber and killing at least 10,000 people in less than three days, 25 years ago on December 3, 1984. All of the six safety systems at the plant had failed to function.

Location Map: Bhopal India

“The survivors of the tragedy, through these protests, are venting their ire against the state government for its inaction in clearing the toxic waste,” said the spokesman for  the Bhopal Group of Information and Action.

The soil and groundwater near the  factory site are still heavily contaminated with a lethal cocktail of chemicals, causing death, birth defects and a host of chronic illnesses among the local population.

A study by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) reported 25,000deaths as a result of  exposure to highly toxic chemicals since 1984.

Government statistics show that 100,000 people are chronically sick, with at least 30,000 others exposed to contaminated water in the areas close to the plant.

Dow Chemical, which purchased Union Carbide 10 years ago,  said UC had reached a $470 million settlement with the Indian government in 1989, which had “resolved all existing and future claims” against the company.

The state government of Madhya Pradesh assumed responsibility for the site in 1998, but it has failed to remove the thousands of tons of toxic materials from the area  surrounding the plant because, it claims,  the material is not hazardous.

The Indian government maintains that toxic contaminants no longer leak from the factory and denies  any toxins exists anywhere near the site.

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