The Fix – Ocean Plastic Pollution 2 (global teamwork)On October 11, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
So, the plastic pollution problem is
now quite well-known, so I thought I’d consider the whole issue and create a
teamwork overview, simplified to help towards “The Fix”. Now to get a simplified
diagram of the planet, I thought we’d have the ocean, with its boundaries. Have a
river that feeds into it and we’ve got the riverbanks, & the beaches. So now we add the plastic: The mid-oceans get, what we nicknamed, the garbage-patch. The rivers feed plastic into the oceans. The mid ocean circulation that I’ve drawn is a
representation of the oceans surface water gyres. There’s several of these
around the planet. In the northern hemisphere they rotate clockwise, in the
southern hemisphere anti-clockwise, due to the Coriolis effect. They’ve got a load of plastic.
It just collects and this needs to be fixed.
So you’ve got the mid-ocean clean up people. We’ve got shallow water,
divers etc. Beaches & river mouth clean-up it’s not just about cleaning up the
rivers, it’s trying to stop the plastic going into the rivers in the first place.
The other group of people that are part of the same team, are the educators, the explorers
and researchers. . . and they produce ground-truth evidence. . . videos and photos and
other data. So we can keep an eye on what is & what needs to be done. Where does it
all come from? Well, the producers of plastics bring it into existence. Now, not all plastic is bad. . . the cameras and videos, or their casings are made of
plastics and brings them to an affordable price. Dive gear and the boats
which got the people to the locations to take the images. . . even in the cleanup,
plastic bags and buckets will be used, so, some plastics are very handy. So if we
introduce plastic now, the thing to note is so far it’s contained. So whether you agree with it,
or not. . . it’s not out in the environment. So we’ve got the users, us lot. We’ve got
the re-users and re-cyclers, which put it back into the user environment. . . and waste
management, say to land-fill. . . it’s still contained. Up the top. . . re-ducers. Now here’s
where the trouble is. . . the bubble has burst from the users. . . and it gets out into the
environment. I worked it down to two reasons: Either willfully, or, a lack of
situational awareness. Now, the willfully is done on purpose. . . The lack of
situational awareness is from underdeveloped countries just
trying to survive. We need to help them to resolve their situation first. . . and
that will include political and legal people. The producers of plastic can help
with the change. . . by producing other stuff, so alternatives. So over on the
right. . . “planet clean-it”. Over on the Left “plastic lean-it”. Everything listed in
green, is work areas that need to be done to resolve the global discarded plastic
problem. . . “The Fix”. And finally. . .from the previous diagrams. . . this poster-picture summary
has evolved. . . It gives the work areas a number. All numbered areas
require a certain type of work to be done. it takes teamwork so obviously others will be doing the bit. . . you are not.
So an appreciation could be considered for anyone involved in any of the
numbered areas. . . More people are needed to be involved in all numbered areas. . .
The question is. . . Which one are you? The question is. . . Which one are you? The question is. . . Which one are you? The question is. . . Which one are you?