Thursday, August 06, 2009

I told you so.

There’s something eerily familiar about this plastic accumulating in the oceans story. 

Back in the day, some forty years ago when I was a college kid a friend of mine used to mention this story. No one but my friend had heard of this story, but because he was older and a great guy, we didn’t mock him.  Nonetheless, it was a weird story that strained credulity even back in those early seventies, when just about everything strained credulity.

So, wherever my friend is today, he must be saying “I told you so to someone who probably thinks he’s made the whole thing up.    

Just think what of what our world would look like to today if we had heeded all those ‘chicken little’ environmentalists of the past, like John Muir.  We might just have that clean and verdant world where we could drink our water without manmade chemicals and not have to worry about the vast accumulation of pollution in our oceans.  Of course, we can dismiss this story about the plastics as I did forty years ago and in our minds it will be out of sight out of mind. 

But, one day like most pollution, someone is going to have to address the abuses of our past, so our grandchildren can have a future.

Scientists study huge plastic patch in Pacific | U.S. | Reuters LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marine scientists from California are venturing this week to the middle of the North Pacific for a study of plastic debris accumulating across hundreds of miles (km) of open sea dubbed the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch."

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