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Here are some great videos and links to help you get you started or to continue on your educational journey about our planet’s plastic consumption, waste, and pandemic.
When Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios set out in 2007 to share what she’d learned about the way we make, use and throw away Stuff, they thought 50,000 views would be a good result for her ‘20-minute cartoon about trash.’ Today, with over 15 million views and counting, The Story of Stuff is one of the most watched environmental-themed online movies of all time.
More information on the Patch (Thank you, Ashley!):
- What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?: The National Ocean Service explains the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and potential ramifications of this marine debris.
- The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Explained: Peruse this explanation on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, as explained by the National Science Foundation.
- Marine Debris in the North Pacific (PDF): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has compiled information about marine debris floating in the Pacific Ocean.
- Lesson: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: This lesson plan explores the causes and results of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
- Human Footprint (PDF): Humans have had a significant impact on the environment, with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch being one result of this negative footprint.
- Marine Debris Threat Grows: The National Wildlife Refuge System, a division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, shows the impact of marine debris on wildlife.
- Green Voice (PDF): This publication of the U.S. National Park Service includes an article about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
- Grass Roots Garbage Gang Beach Cleanup (PDF): An environmental group explains the importance of cleaning up trash that can become marine debris.
- Reduce Plastics Use: One way to minimize the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is to reduce the amount of plastic products you use.
- Diving In, Cleaning Up: Explore possible cleaning methods for resolving the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
- Tide Turns Against Plastic Ocean Pollution: View pictures of trash in the ocean to learn about the devastating impact of this problem.
- Ban the Bag: Explore the impact of single-use plastic and its accumulation in the Pacific Ocean in this report.
- Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach (PDF): Some people seek to raise awareness of issues such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by writing songs about the marine debris.
- Are You a Trash-Talking Litter Bug? (PDF): Learn about typical consumption and waste produced by Americans each day, which contributes to issues such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
- Marine Pollution: A Look into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Marine pollution floats in the Pacific Ocean, posing a risk to wildlife living around it.
- Plastics in the Ocean Affecting Human Health: At least three different patches of garbage exist now in oceans around the world.
- The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: The garbage patches follow ocean currents, typically settling into calm areas of the oceans.
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