If you have ever wondered what has happened to trillions of plastic particles, waste, oil and debris over the years, you will not have to look further than the Pacific Ocean. As we know, lifestyles and habits have negatively impacted our environment on every conceivable level. While imagining the beauty of the Pacific’s sites and sunset waves, your view may be abruptly interrupted by the presence of the infamous Garbage Patch. It is not a small section or even patchy spaces; in fact The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is actually larger than the size of two Texas states put together. While most are aware of the topic, there are some common misconceptions that prevent the general public from understanding the colossal effects of this oceanic dynamic.
The Pileup of the Pacific Patch
Misconception # 1 – It is often believed the Ocean is too large and too deep to have an effect on humans. With an out of sight and out of mind mentality, several generations have used the vast obscurity of the ocean to conceal waste and garbage. Nature is proven to stay true to a cycle of life. Individuals rely on the water of the ocean for food and their environment. Pollutants or chemicals seep into each facet of the ocean creating an unsustainable atmosphere that is detrimental to the worlds population.
Misconception # 2– The practice that initialized ocean dumping was based on the assumption items would be secure away from land while degrading into a lesser volume and substance. Unfortunately, the extreme opposite has occurred across all oceans including the Pacific. Plastics, toxic materials and additional ingredients for disaster have remained harmful over time. They failed to disintegrate maintaining a negative status across the sphere.
Misconception # 3- Now that awareness has been heightened, the theory that the real threat is behind us has been misinterpreted. The ban of oceanic dumping was passed almost fifty years ago. Despite the effort, there has been continuous violations and resulting factors. If you consider the scientific research we have learned, the lack of sunlight and resources cause a downward spiral in the natural order of Earths events. Plant life, algae and plankton are a few examples of deteriorating assets. This inevitably will wreak havoc on the food chain and life itself in the Pacific.
Misconception # 4– The hope of accountability has been lost for some time. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not located in a specific territory. It is understood that north America and Asia are the largest contributors to the waste isle, yet neither has chosen to confirm nor deny the responsibility. It is a preconceived modern notion that leaves the consensus to an “it’s not my problem” theme. The issue is effects humanity and the world which defines as all of our problem to solve. Starting with small changes at home can conserve resources which will add to the collective. Organizations have banded together to sift through the debris with the intention of eventually seeing progress.