Plastic Garbage Patch Works: Rio+20 Summit
Last week, at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio + 20, held June 20-21st, a list of top ten priorities emerged. Among them, ending plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.
Several years ago, reports began to surface online of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a vortex of plastic debris the size of Texas located in the deepest reaches of the North Pacific Ocean.
Something about the allusion to Texas helped make this factoid a viral meme. Eco-blogs and environmental groups used this information to initiate campaigns to “Take the Plastic Water Bottle Challenge” and ban plastic bags. Los Angeles is the most recent city to ban plastic bags, which now includes Austin, Hawaii, Seattle, Toronto, Mexico City, Mumbai, Italy, and Rwanda.
Recent Campaigns and Articles:
“Big Wins at Rio + 20” by Leila Monroe, HuffPo Green, June 22nd, 2012.
Change.org: 12 Year Old Activist in Illinois: Plastic Bag Ban.
NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) on Ocean Plastic Pollution.