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Can The Flotsam

The Can The Flotsam campaign had its start right alongside the beginnings of Protect The Ocean. We’re against ALL forms of pollution. This time, we’re taking the fight to the pollution, rather than waiting for pieces of it to drift onto the shore. PTO has been talking about the problem for years, but with the latest S.O.S., we realized that just talking about it wasn’t cutting it, and that with all of that plastic collecting out there in the Eastern Garbage Patch of the North Pacific, breaking down into tiny toxic pieces, we just couldn’t wait any longer for Somebody to do it.

So we’re looking for partners, helpers, volunteers, assistance any way we can get it. We’re looking for help in the single biggest ecological clean-up project ever! That’s right! We’re preparing to go out to that garbage patch and start picking it all up, hauling it back. What can be recycled will be. The rest will be disposed of, canned, so it can never get back to the ocean again.

Can The Flotsam has at least three prongs to it:

1) Get people to use natural cloth bags and to dispose of plastics properly (preferably by recycling, whenever possible).

2) Go out there, whatever it takes, and net, scoop, filter and haul as much plastic as humanly possible from the Eastern Garbage Patch.

3) Maintain the clean-up by returning to the area periodically to clean it up again. Accidents still happen, and we’re nowhere near neive enough to think that flotsam won’t show up there again. It has taken decades to get this bad, though, and resulted in millions of pounds of tiny toxic plastic. We’re simply going to have to keep on patroling and policing until things change. What we CAN’T afford to do is just leave it out there.

Additionally, we intend to aid Algalita Marine Research Foundation any way we can, as they work towards solutions for the existing toxicity in our increasingly synthetic oceans.

There’s a plastic garbage dump two times the size of Texas sitting out there in our oceans. Every day it sits there, it releases more toxic plastic particles into the water, killing marine life as it makes its way to our dinner tables.

We’ve sent out a S.O.S. on behalf of the oceans. Will you heed the call?

No Matter What, We Pay The Price

When the Exxon ship lost its crude and the oil covered the Alaskan shoreline, there were suits and settlements, and many people up there wiping off rocks and trying to save animals. The spill was expensive, but the biggest price wasn’t paid by the oil companies or the government. It was paid by the ocean and its inhabitants.

When we make plastics, some of the toxic chemicals used in that manufacturing end up in the oceans. In at least one such case, the making of PVC was directly attributed to a herd of Baluga whales sloughing off their skin, at the mouth of the Hudson Bay.

Where there are paper mills, there are tons of pollutants in the foul water being dumped into the ocean. While recycling remains less than profitable, expect the paper mills to produce that much more stench and pollution. It seems Recycling is only the In Thing when it pays to do so. How many of you will pay to have your plastics and paper and tin recycled instead of having it buried in a landfill? Once again, the ocean will pay.

“So long as it’s not me, I can’t afford to pay anything more,” some will say. But it is you. It’s you, and me, and everyone else, and our kids and grandkids, the future that we’re borrowing this earth from. We ALL pay the price.

The ocean may seem strange and foreign to some. Some may even find that difference downright intimidating… and yet the ocean is a part of us, intrinsically linked to us. Its health and well-being are our own. They cannot be separated, and we dare not try to see the two as separate entities.

Paying for recycling may seem wrong, but we’re paying no matter what. The ocean pays, and the ocean is us.

“By protecting the ocean, we bring life and health to ourselves.”