The Ocean Cleanup has developed “advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. A full-scale deployment of our systems is estimated to clean up 50 % of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years.” To understand the technology, scheduled to launch in early September 2018, watch the video.
That will take time, as the Pacific Garbage Patch is merely the largest of five huge plastic collections in our oceans. Meanwhile, the rest of us need to put an end to the plastic pollution of our waters. My daughter refuses single-use plastic straws, and she’s insisted that we purchase reusable ones.
Plastic straws are one of the top five ocean pollutants. Companies such as Starbucks are being pressured to adapt. In fact, the coffee chain is rolling out paper straws at some of its stores starting this month, in South Korea. “Plastic straws will disappear from all Starbucks stores globally by 2020.”
In 2017, I signed onto a Kickstarter for LOLIWARE, which is putting out “the world’s first edible, hypercompostable, marine-degradable straw”; there was a simultaneous IndieGoGo campaign, the product of which is due soon.
Even environmentalist admit our plastic problem doesn’t end with straws. “We look at straws as one of the gateway issues to help people start thinking about the global plastic pollution problem,” Plastic Pollution Coalition CEO Dianna Cohen told Business Insider.
Our church, First Presbyterian Albany, hosted a work camp in the city the week leading to the 4th of July. Homes were repaired/painted throughout the city; 400+ youth and adults, from several states, including Hawaii, plus folks from Ontario, Canada, were hosted at Myers Middle School; 75+ First Pres folks volunteered to make it all happen. We received some media coverage, including one of the radio stations, WFLY present on opening day. Here’s the web link to the Times Union article. Plus nice coverage from a local public radio station.
Mark Evanier wrote about The Battle of the Network Stars, some cheesy TV competition c. 1977. What struck me is that I knew every actor and the associated show from CBS, all but one from ABC, but had serious trouble with the NBC stars. Even I knew of the actor, say, Jane Seymour, I had no idea what show she was representing.