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Today, we are going back to WATER. (We may also give a few minutes to the fires in California since they are a product of climate change as well and are quite topical.)
There is plenty of water on the planet but almost none of it is drinkable. In addition, even when we can’t drink it, we use the rest of the oceans as little more than waste repositories, assuming the oceans are so large, our waste products aren’t even a threat to the oceans.
That is a wrong assumption. Between the natural accumulations of garbage forming five garbage patches in the oceans around the world, islands of plastic trash and refuse. The largest, between Hawaii and California is so large it is twice the size of Texas or three times the size of France! (1.16 million square kilometers.)
“It is estimated that 1.15 to 2.41 million tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean each year from rivers. More than half of this plastic is less dense than the water, meaning that it will not sink once it encounters the sea.
“1.15 TO 2.41 MILLION METRIC TONNES OF PLASTIC ARE ENTERING THE OCEAN EACH YEAR.
“The stronger, more buoyant plastics show resiliency in the marine environment, allowing them to be transported over extended distances. They persist at the sea surface as they make their way offshore, transported by converging currents and finally accumulating in the patch.
“Once these plastics enter the gyre, they are unlikely to leave the area until they degrade into smaller microplastics under the effects of sun, waves and marine life. As more and more plastics are discarded into the environment, microplastic concentration in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will only continue to increase.”
In addition, fresh water is also in short supply all over the planet, and even with the creation of new technologies to gather water out of the atmosphere in new and creative ways, the reality is there are millions of people who live lives at the bare subsistence level, at the edge of deprivation due to water scarcity in their regions.
Lastly, we want to talk about water where YOU live. Are there programs which help provide water to people without it? Are there groups which talk about helping to keep waterways clean, to reduce pollution, to reclaim wetlands, to clean beaches? How does your area help to steward water where you live?
How can we work together to get the government focused on this real issue, liable to affect billions in the next 25 years?
Looking forward to hearing your ideas tonight on Climate Change by the Elements
#CCBTE #WATER #S2E1 #WaterScarcity #WaterPollution #TheFoodChain
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