One of the least reported stories this year has been the building catastrophe unfolding in our oceans due to pollution and climate change. There is no better example of our failure to protect our environment than the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) now stretching 600,000 square miles, according to a study published last week in Scientific Reports. This disgusted mass of garbage is now the size of Texas — or for our foreign readers, three times the size of France.
The size of the trash pile has nearly doubled in size since 2016 when it was identified as a growing mass of plastic. It is now at least 79,000 tons of plastic.
It is incredible that the nations of the world are doing so very little as the GPGP continues to explode in size. Our years of dumping material in our oceans are now reaching a crisis point. We still depend on our oceans for a huge amount of our food but we continue to overfish and pollute at an alarming rate. When climate change is added to the mix, we are threatening the future of our children and this planet.