RECLAIMING EARTH: A Cooperative Effort

Researching Writing “EARTH” articles has fragmented and rented my heart!!

Watching horrifying videos, marine life being saved from human traps, some dying slow abominable deaths, all due to Human lack of proper Earthly Stewardship. An unconscionable deportment. I had to take more than a week away from my commitment. My earnest work is that these pictures, words and videos will make an indubitable impression. [Do note all these marine animals have wonderful life saving videos, the last one you might cheer]

The real problem lies with humans, we live in utter denial!

What we humans have done to this beautiful planet EARTH is an abomination; our innocent animals pay the price for our sins of greed!

The Shark Whale scars might prove to be approximately a decade old, having been impaled tearing at it’s flesh. Will a free life continue for this beautiful peaceful goliath? Safe from human failings and trash? Given, intermittent 13% of the ocean intrinsic might be safe for ALL Ocean Life, leaves little hope at this time. What can we do?

recycle reuse recreate

A photo of the Amazon, a few years ago!

Here is the Amazon now 2018!

FACT!In 16 minutes 19,068,000 Lbs of plastic have been produced Globally. Where does it end up?

A valid argument issued: Amazon and other deforestation areas are destroyed to accommodate their growing human population. Compelling legitimate argument: humans are over popularizing the Earth. How do we control a colossal population explosion and work together to rid our Human Trash? I found some answers!

We have actionable businesses, creating a cleaner Earth and making a profit for both residences and business, nonetheless far from the necessary urgent need for our Oceans and current atmosphere crises. Each of us must manage the burden of liability! 

FACT: Over 80% of ocean plastic leaks from land-based sources. Plastic trash finds its way to the sea found around the world through systems, an excellent example, the North America Great Lakes are byways of human trash left on shore lines, with a high portion being Plastic. Some sinks into the lake sediment, most flows through canals and river systems, through the Saint Lawrence Seaway into the Atlantic Ocean. 

More than 8 million tons of trash ends up in the ocean every year. If we continue to pollute at this rate, our oceans will be more plastic than fish in the near coming years!

Another major source: Plastic waste comes from 10 dammed up rivers, forcing the trash into the 5 oceans via the Earthly cyclical Gyers. These 5 major ocean circular currents s are driven by currents, called gyres.  Gyres are created by the earth’s rotation and the resulting predominant winds. Every continent is affected by these massive systems. And collect human waste flowing from our rivers and coastlines, over time anything floating within the gyre will eventually move towards the center of the gyre.

earth is the ONLY PLANET ALL HUMANS DEPEND UPON FOR OUR ENTIRE LIVES, YET WE CONTINUE TO TRASH it DAILY! We must change our human behavior now!

FACT: Dominica plans to become the world’s first climate resilient nation, and banning single-use containers is one step they’re taking to get there.

Manila, The Philippines

“Smokey Mountain” operated as a 2,000,00 metric tons waste dump for over 40 years; was closed in 1995. The garbage contained a high degree of methane, produced from the interior garbage, when reaching high temperatures catching fire, the methane produced chemical smoke filtering over Manila. The garbage dump produced; sweet potato, corn, sugar cane, over 40 years of garbage. Offset affects: Disease- pulmonary – tuberculosis – emphysema.

Smokey Hill covers an area of 123.5 acres, home to 2000 families. The plastic is washed up by ocean tides during typhoons. Given there is no garbage collection for approximately 1500 daily tons of discarded trash into the Manila Bay, affecting all marine animals, including birdlife, and small fish.

Roel Espinosa (Project coordinator Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission) has done for a good portion of Manila and its process in renewal has been nothing short of remarkable.

Ten feet of impacted garbage was dredged out, then covered with good soil along with coco-pillow -the coconut husks. Roel’s crew spread it the coco-pillow everywhere, planted healthy vetiver grass to revegetating the area. Along the new boarded walkways is a river filled with Koi swimming in uncontaminated waters, however the water is still not drinkable.

Vetiver Grass filters out sediment, improves soil strength and recycles soil nutrients. The plants take the rest of the waste out of the water. Bioremediation: The use of natural organisms to break down hazardous substances into less toxic or non –toxic substances. Phytoremediation: The use of green plants detoxify soil and water contaminated with heavy metals or excess minerals.

Earth is home to our people and animals, it’s our only home!

FACTS:Told to me by Roland Rust, in Vienna, a small lovely restaurant with a shady garden, served drinks with Pasta straws!

Rwanda is one of the very few countries that have ban plastic bags. Rose Mukankomeje, Director General, Rwanda Environmental Management Authority. Plastic bags and water bottles are the worst [single use] offender.

Use your own shopping bags everywhere!!

What resolves the global plastic predicament, is the behavior of humans who recycle,  inventing innovative solution, revising business trajectories into a global Nurdle Factor to re-fabricate every morsel of single use plastic into innovative new uses. 

The Plastic Bank

The Plastic Bank has a mission to create and lead a movement for ‘Social Plastic’ targeted worldwide demand use of Social Plastic in everyday products. The higher the worldwide demand becomes, the higher the reward will be for harvesting Social Plastic.

This is achieved through ‘Plastic Banks’ established strategically in impoverished areas where an existing abundance of plastic waste. The Plastic Bank will offer people both education and opportunity to trade IN re-usable plastics for credits that can be used for the printing of 3D products, re-purposed necessities and/or micro-finance loans.

The project is led by David Katz both founders, Shaun Frankson also founded Nero Global Tracking and The Core Values Institute. Katz has consulted globally about 100′s of businesses use and implementation of values-based leadership, Business Process, Mobile Workforce Management and Social Responsibility.

The Plastic Bank ran a fundraising turning their vision of social plastic into reality raising over $20,000 from supporters. And, currently the world’s only organisation to monetise mixed plastic waste.

David Katz and Shaun Frankson state; “”We can take it from a bottle one day to a shirt the next day. From that shirt then it can become a component in a vehicle or something that is sent into space. The Plastic Bank, we make plastic waste into currency, enables people in developing countries earn an income, before plastic becomes ocean waste. Founded in Haiti, social plastic recycling system that exchanges plastic for solar cell phone charging, sustainable cook stoves, and cash.

Offering an ethical sourced – above market rate income can be earned. Local entrepreneurs collect the plastic and create a micro economy; the potential can be accomplished around the world. Plastic is reproduced through the recycling processing, sold in manufacturing as “Social plastic, is our way we can create an organic global infrastructure.”

“When we reveal value in plastic, it becomes too valuable to throw away and too valuable to leave sitting on a beach or in the ocean. The concept is to establish ‘Plastic Banks’ in impoverished areas where an existing abundance of plastic waste, allowing people to harvest the waste for credits used for micro-finance loans, re-purposed necessities and 3D printing of everyday products like tools, parts and household items.” 

“Oil is at it’s peak… It’s pretty much downhill all the way from here regarding oil supplies. Whilst the atmosphere and biosphere would be breathing a sigh of relief about the direct consequences of this, one of the other interesting consequences is that polymers for production that are derived from hydrocarbons will also be in short supply. Whilst asteroid mining will provide vast additional resources by 2050, hydrocarbons will not be among them.”

“Humans are amazing creatures endowed with a fairly advanced intelligence, a strong sense of morality and almost infinite ingenuity. There is nothing that we cannot achieve when we align our mind, body and soul en masse… We can move mountains. We are also born with an innate link to life, to Earth, to the universe, as almost anyone looking at images of wildlife, forests or the wonders of deep space can attest to. This deep spiritual connection overrides even greed, the trait that has defined past centuries.”

“Ecological activism is only going to get much more intense. Recently a gigantic 1.5-tonne, 17-metre long wind turbine was dropped off by eco-protesters at a new gas fracking site at Manchester, EnglandGreenpeace hit headlines as Russian authorities mounted a military attack upon peaceful protesters being very naughty by attempting to scale an oil platform in the Arctic. China has seen many thousands engage in ecological protests in recent years, including taking over local government offices. This strength of feeling that could be channeled into widespread affirmative innovation, as The Plastic Bank.” 

Innovation

In Europe, 15,000,000 tones of end of life plastic going into landfills each year.  Cynar, a waste-to-fuel company [Plasticenergy (formerly Cynar) Country Laois, Ireland], designed a machine that processes end-of-life  e.g. candy & snack packets normally not recyclable, into diesel fuel.  

Using a heating process called pyrolysis,  turns an environmental problem into a valuable commodity.  Each machine can process about 20 tonnes of plastic daily , making approximately 18,000 liters of diesel,  or equivalent of 113 barrels of oil daily. 

Marseilles France; 1000’s of years of agriculture and industry has caused the  Mediterranean Sea to be one of the most polluted bodies of water on the planet. About 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the world’s ocean every year, 70% of all plastic, more than 50% of marine debris including plastic sinks to the bottom of the ocean. In The Western Mediterranean, findings show 1 to 2 of plastic to plankton!

India Will Ban All Single-Use Plastics by 2022

When we toss trash in a bucket or on the beach or ocean, we humans believe it goes away!

It doesn’t!!

The G7 Ocean Plastics Charter was signed by representatives from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, and the European Union, all of whom vowed to join the global fight against plastic waste. Both the United States and Japan refrained from signing the charter!

In MarrawahTasmania, primitive, natural ocean environment. The water which was causing severe irritation to the eyes of our public. What was found were heavy amounts of organochlorines, which contain dioxins, are cancer causing agents. Within 10 years all the boating industries where close, and to this day the fish have returned to the waters. The water is blue again and once again a beautiful city. Not all places are this fortunate to have a proactive Government.Villages have been saved from utter devastation.

What are microplastics and how dangerous are they?

On the Kaisei Research Vessel, in the North Pacific Gyre. Sub-tropical Convergence Zone joined with Dr. Andrea Neal [Marine Biologist] & team, they use what is called a “manta trawl” which captures surface material, pinhead or larger from the oceans’ water.  searching for fine particles and debris size of zooplankton, what is floating is far more insidious, a smog of tiny microplastics.

It is estimated there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic afloat in our oceans worldwide.

These tiny pieces of plastic are broken up over time from the sun’s ultraviolet light, waves and salt break into smaller pieces called microplastics which have rough pitted surfaces, water born chemicals from industry and agriculture, stick to mircoplastics making them toxic poison pills. In some areas there is more plastic than plankton, the plastic is being eaten by marine life.

Zooplankton feed on phytoplankton, small fish feed on zooplankton, and squid feed on small fish, up and up the food chain. In the shallows shrimp swarm at night. Shrimp and other marine species feed on tiny plankton. Larger animals feed on the shrimp, including whales, tuna, squid and sea birds. Plastic never completely degrades, it breaks up and is more proliferated, in this state the potential for plastics becomes a high ingested product for all marine life.

Most of these marine life are in our human food chain. The plastic we did not dispose of correctly (recycled or recreated) Worse these mircoplastics absorb chemicals that are free floating in the ocean when the fish eat the plastics, those toxins then migrate from the plastic into the muscles or the fats, the parts

Previous studies in the North Atlantic had an estimated 3400 metric tonnes of mircroplastics, not including the larger plastics.

Scientists are asking governments to reclassify plastic as a hazardous waste and change existing laws how to dispose of plastic.

Ecological activism is becoming much more intense. Only this week a gigantic 1.5-tonne, 17-metre long wind turbine was dropped off by eco-protesters at a new gas fracking site at Manchester, EnglandGreenpeace have hit headlines as Russian authorities mounted a military attack upon peaceful protesters, by attempting to scale an oil platform in the Arctic. China has seen many thousands engage in ecological protests in recent years, including taking over local government offices. This strength of feeling that could be channeled into widespread affirmative innovation.

Pfandthat

Germany’s recycling program a 15 year commitment

The plastic bottle when inserted is read by the machine and classified by its bar code. Sends the bottle to a designated recycling, reformulated back to a Nurdle stage, for another business to purchase and re-fabricate an entirely new usable and profitable item. The customer receives a rebate from $0.10 to $0.25 for each bottle.

There is no more time: We ALL MUST ACT NOW.

Our EARTH is in need of Healing from Human trashed
TIME FOR A CHANGE now!

When you see a floating plastic bag, take a moment ~ Care ~ RECYCLE

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A GUARDIAN VOICE FOR EARTH!

 

About the Author:Dragon Slayer of *Myths*™ MicheleElys is a Writer – Keynote Speaker. Innovative Behavioral Solutions; Founder of CNBR [cognitive neural behavior rewiring].© ►Invite MicheleElys to speak at your next forum. ► Keynote engagements ► Have questions? Book a consult MicheleElys [anonymously] email, ► Connect with her on LinkedIn,  G+MicheleElys.com © MicheleElys All Rights Reserved

 

Credits

The Plastic Ocean [Documentary]; The Plastic Bank; Bonnie Monteleone, Marine Researcher; Kaisei Research Vessel, in the North Pacific Gyre, Sub-tropical Convergence Zone, Dr. Andrea Neal [Marine Biologist], Blue Planet National Geographic. Dr. Andrea Neal [Marine Biologist], Greenpeace

Stockholm Resilience Center; professor of water systems and global sustainability at Stockholm University in Sweden Johan Rockström, Live Science.

Michael Mann professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University

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