Christian Long

Capt. Charles Moore: Seas of Plastic

In TED Talks on April 25, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Reflection by ALEX F.

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Capt. Charles Moore:  Seas of Plastic

While we develop new and efficient ways to live, are we destroying other life while we improve our own?

Capt. Charles Moore has one of my favorite quotes,

“Only we humans can make waste that nature can’t digest.”

It’s a very sad truth. While we claim to be so much smarter than any other creature on the planet, we’re the only one’s who’ve ever managed to create something that will actually destroy the thing that makes life possible for us. Isn’t it just a wonderful thing to take credit for?

The main thing Capt. Moore goes after is plastic bottles and bottle caps.

Now when we thing of pollution and things that negatively impact the environment, we normally start to think about gasoline and deforestation and other massive concepts like that. But think about how horribly just a few dropped water bottles could impact the environment.

According to Moore, in about 10 years, a bottle cap dropped in the US travel all the way to the Philippines. It’s like the Butterfly Effect, except that this one is killing animals. Birds especially are dying because the parents confuse bottle caps for food, and feed it to their young. There have been many baby birds found dead with this trash in their stomachs, which is a shame since there was probably a garbage can not to far away from the person who just dropped their soda cap. And what about those plastic rings on 6-packs? Those get wrapped around animals necks and choke them. If anybody’s seen the movie “Happy Feet,” you know what I’m talking about. It’s not a very nice way to go, but we can fix it without too much trouble. Reusable bottles are becoming more popular, and if we’d just stop chugging down sodas every hour, we’d be healthier and wouldn’t be damaging the environment.

Think about that when you watch Moore speak.

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