The Garbage Patch Page
Welcome. If you’re here, perhaps you saw my story in Sierra magazine about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Or maybe you found the YouTube video. Peruse the links below to learn more about the groups I covered in the story, as well as others who are working to solve the problem of ocean trash.
Read the Story
Seabirds are starving with bellies full of trash. Fur seals in New Zealand poop shards of yellow and blue. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is twice the size of Texas. Now the bad news: Plastic never goes away. The fix? Cut it off at the source. Read more…
Watch the Video
Explore the Garbage Patch
Algalita Marine Research Foundation is doing more than anyone to publicize and slow the Patch.
Ocean Conservancy conducts an annual cleanup of beaches around the world and conducts other projects for a healthy ocean.
Project Kaisei plans to reconnoiter the Patch in summer 2009 and envisions capturing plastic and turning it into diesel. Right now they seek funding.
Read Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics blog.
Geek out with Research
International Pellet Watch reads trends in ocean pollution by tracking nurdles.
Marine Pollution Bulletin gathers the latest science.
Educate the Kiddos
Garbage Patch TV
Watch Charles Moore’s speech at TED.
The Bay v. The Bag
Government & Regional
San Francisco Bay Area — Save the Bay
Southern California — Heal the Bay
Washington CoastSavers cleans up the coast several times a year.