GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH SOLUTIONS
Is it possible to clean up this gigantic mess?
One point of view is adamant that the answer is no. The sheer size of the patch creates a logistical nightmare. Mathematical models present dismal scenarios of how it would take dozens of ships, working round the clock for over a year, to gather less than one percent of the total sum. It would take less time for the same amount to go back in.
There are other problems as well. Since this massive collection of garbage is out in the middle of the Pacific, no single nation wants to claim responsibility for it. That leaves it up to special interest groups to save our oceans. However, these groups often lack the funding and resources to tackle a problem of this magnitude.
What is the answer to ocean pollution?
Advocates push for solving the problem at the source — stop the pollution. Support stricter laws on recycling and reusing plastic materials. Some countries, like Germany, have banned single-use plastics and styrofoam. Organize cleanup efforts for a local beach or river system. A little effort goes a long way.
Others are taking it further. Projects like The Ocean Cleanup, spearheaded by Dutch native, Boyan Slat, are dedicated to cleaning up the Patch. His organization uses innovative technology to not only clean up the Pacific Ocean but the world’s river systems as well. Another group, the Ocean Voyages Institute in Hawaii, brought in over 206,000 pounds of trash from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch from their collective efforts in 2020.