Often, the news about climate change issues is worrisome at best and depressing at worst. One of the most daunting problems is the island of plastic debris floating in the Pacific Ocean, also known as the Pacific Gyre.
As plastic breaks down, greenhouse gasses are emitted. As well, microplastics in the ocean can impact the ability of marine microorganisms to absorb carbon dioxide.
Where is there hope with a challenge so huge?
As it turns out, a nonprofit organization headquartered in The Netherlands has been working on a solution since 2013. Aptly named The Ocean Cleanup, they say they are “developing and scaling technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Our aim is to put ourselves out of business once the oceans are clean.”
This beautifully-crafted video shows off their latest technology – and it’s a pleasure to watch. It’s also full of optimism that the challenge can be met. The details, a whole lot more of their story, and ways to support their work is all on The Ocean Cleanup website.
Give yourself a treat and watch the video. Then be sure to share this with a friend who needs some hope as well!