1. The Plastiki set sail yesterday, on it's 100 day journey from San Fran to Sydney via the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Both the Plastiki website's blog (http://www.plastiki.com/) and David de Rothschild's twitter tweets (which are here http://twitter.com/DRexplore & on Plastiki's home page) are great places to follow their adventure a la plastic bottle boat to the watery sea swirl o'plastic. Love this picture of them from their site:
- Although 70% of the Earth is water, only 3% of that water is fresh. Take away that which is frozen at both poles, that leaves less than 1% of our planetary water supply fresh and available.
- Given nearly 7 billion people are living on this sphere of ours, that's a lot of water to share. In fact, approx1.1 billion people in the world don't have the ability to get safe, clean drinking water. In eye-opening real numbers, that's 1 in 6 people, folks.
- 29,000,000,000 (that's billion with a "B") plastic water bottles are made in the US per year. That's our global population x 4.5.
- What are those bottles made from? Petroleum. Crude Oil. A non-renewable resources that could be going other, more necessary places. 17 million barrels of it in fact.
- Over 85% of those water bottles aren't recycled. Gee, where do they wind up? Yep, the landfill or, according to http://www.plastiki.com/, about 50% of those plastics out there find their way to the ocean. Given that plastic takes over 1000 years to decompose, and even then not 100% (leaving little plastic bits called "nurdles" which sea life eats), we've got problems left and right with this system.
- Keep track of Plastiki.
- Pay attention to your water usage.
- Watch "The Story of Bottled Water" and share it all around.
- Flick off your lights Saturday night from 8:30 to 9:30 pm to let your vote be heard.
"Water for All" picture from: http://www.portlandroasting.com/files/4786WFA-logonew.jpg
"Light switch" photo from: http://activerain.com/image_store/uploads/5/2/4/8/2/ar123601583728425.jpg