An ocean of plastic waste

Nov 3, 2019

Actor and ocean conservation advocate Ted Danson was among the witnesses at a Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife hearing to discuss the growing problem of plastic pollution on our planet’s oceans. I spoke about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a large collection of plastic and floating trash in the Northern Pacific, with Mr. Danson and the expert witnesses. I also pointed out that plastic garbage is also continually found in our uninhabited northern conservation islands. No one disputes the importance of plastic. It’s durable, versatile, efficient, convenient, and cheap – and has led to great strides in medicine, manufacturing, and technology. But with its wide use and ultra slow decomposition rate, plastics present a significant threat to our oceans and marine wildlife. Over eight million tons of plastic winds up in the world’s oceans each year. Until industry develops practical alternatives, we must all try to limit our plastic use and explore viable solutions to decrease plastic pollution.