As scientists debate how the world’s ocean might be picked free of plastic trash (hint: no one knows), a European nonprofit is taking on the problem with humor. The group Seas at Risk has just released the video above to remind people that what we do on land can have an impact on the ocean.
Seas at Risk is a Brussels-based association of European environmental groups that has spent the last 25 years working to protect European seas and the wider North East Atlantic.
As we previously reported, the ocean has enormous “garbage patches” of swirling debris, fueled by litter produced on the land (see photos). Plastic decomposes slowly in the ocean, breaking into small pieces that can get ingested by marine life.
Once plastic gets in the ocean, there are currently no cost-effective ways to get most of it out. So advocates are asking the public to help reduce litter and overall plastic use.
Brian Clark Howard covers the environment for National Geographic. He previously served as an editor for TheDailyGreen.com and E/The Environmental Magazine, and has written for Popular Science, TheAtlantic.com, FastCompany.com, PopularMechanics.com, Yahoo!, MSN, and elsewhere. He is the co-author of six books, including Geothermal HVAC, Green Lighting, Build Your Own Small Wind Power System, and Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater.