Actor and Oceana Board Member stars in new PSA campaign to stop
On World Oceans Day, Oceana also released a Public Service Announcement (PSA). It’s starring actor and Oceana Board Member Sam Waterston. You might remember he was formerly in the TV show Law and Order. All most importantly about the dangers of ocean plastic pollution. Moreover the need for companies to give consumers plastic-free choices.
So 17.6 billion pounds (8 million tons) of plastic enter the ocean every single year. I mean that’s equivalent to a garbage truck of plastic being dumped into the ocean every minute.
Consequently, plastic trash ends up all over the world. That’s on remote beaches. All floating on the ocean surface. Worst part, miles deep on the bottom of the seafloor.
As I’ve written before:
The Weather Channel’s “AMHQ with Sam Champion” host Sam Champion interviews Captain Moore via satellite phone regarding the “Plastic Island” the size of Texas found in Eastern Pacific. The garbage patch made up of plastic, netting and discarded waste. So the plastic island is serious.
Among the points discussed, the “Plastic Island” has grown to the size of Texas, was discovered by Captain Charles Moore, located in the Pacific 900 miles west of the California coast. It’s large enough to be hazardous to navigation and to attract debris to grow.
The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex. For it is a gyre of marine debris particles in the central North Pacific Ocean. It was discovered between 1985 and 1988.
It is also located roughly between 135°W to 155°W and 35°N to 42°N. The collection of plastic, floating trash halfway between Hawaii and California extends over an indeterminate area. Mostly of wide varying range. One depending on the degree of plastic concentration. All used to define the affected area.
While it is also touted as the solution to plastic waste, recycling cannot fix this crisis. Only 9% of all plastic waste generated has ever been recycled.
In addition, Oceana is addressing this crisis by encouraging companies to take action to reduce plastic production and offer plastic-free choices. As well as by winning legislation that will reduce single-use plastics in strategic coastal countries. Yes folks; around the world. I’m totally serious that combined it accounts for more than 35% of plastic waste. I mean generated each year.
In conclusion, those interested in learning about the campaign can visit oceana.org/plastics for additional information.
Finally, this PSA is available at oceana.org/sam-waterston-plastic-free and will be airing on national television and radio.