Earth Day 2015; why are you still using single-use plastic bags & bottles?

I have been writing about plastic debris and the environment since 2008. At that time few people were aware of the consequences of plastic trash, knew about the 5 Gyres, or the devastation caused by countless millions of people choosing convenience over common sense! Prior to the April 2009 Earth Day show Oprah did on ” The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” no one knew about the many species of birds, marine life and mammals suffering the consequences of plastic trash, most dying slow deaths.

Trash left behind after Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert.

Trash left after Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert.

This is simple. Now we know about the tragic consequences that single-use plastic bags and bottles are. We know plastic trash and debris are a scourge that is devastating the world’s environment. Plastic pollution is found in every corner of the earth even in the Arctic and Antarctic, the Sahara Desert!  It is in our oceans, our lakes and streams and on land virtually everywhere.

Unlike global warming aka climate change there is no controversy. Plastic pollution is real and it is here now. Unfortunately, the Earth Day organization is not the place to look for real solutions.

The axiom, “nothing speaks louder than words” is not true. The truth is, nothing speaks louder than actions! These pictures show the actions of faux greenies, professing their love of the environment while drinking out of plastic bottles and using plastic bags.

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Faux-greenies leave behind mountains of plastic trash after pre-Earth Day 2015 event!

Unfair you say? Well just take a look at Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert once the event ended.  The pre-Earth Day event was held on the Washington Mall on April 19, 2015.

Hoards of faux-greenies got  together to listen to music and  talk about their love of the environment while leaving behind massive amounts of plastic trash!

The concert itself was solar-powered, which obviously is good. However, the pictures of the mountains of single-use plastic bottles, plastic bags and Styrofoam trash left behind show what a truly epic failure Earth Day is 45 years later!

Let me ask again, are you STILL using single-use plastic bags and bottles while proclaiming your love for the environment? If so, why?

More importantly, what will it take for you to give up your addiction to the stuff?

Death by Plastic Bags & Bottles

The ongoing devastation to the oceans and our environment caused by plastic trash in all its forms continues at an alarming rate.  Our oceans are becoming little more than sewers for the world’s refuge.

Millions of tons of plastic debris and trash are now occupying 5 Gyres in the oceans.  We knew about the Pacific Gyre , twice the size of Texas, only last year did we start hearing about the other four massive Gyres.

It is estimated that there could be hundreds of millions of tons of plastic rubbish floating in the world’s oceans. In Japan alone, it is calculated that 150,000 tons of plastic is washed up on its shores each year.

According to a recent article in  National Geographic News,  44 percent of all seabirds eat plastic, apparently by mistake, sometimes with fatal effects. And 267 marine species are affected by plastic garbage—animals are known to swallow plastic bags, which resemble jellyfish in mid-ocean, for example—according to a 2008 study in the journal Environmental Research by oceanographer and chemist Charles Moore, of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.

Plastic hits marine creatures with a double whammy, Moore said. Along with the toxic chemicals released from the breakdown of plastic, animals also take in other chemicals that the plastic has accumulated from outside sources in the water.

“We knew ten years ago that plastic could be a million times more toxic than the seawater itself,” because plastic items tend to accumulate a surface layer of chemicals from seawater, Moore said. “They’re sponges.”

Oprah’s Earth Day shows have been a  powerful means of focusing on this unnecessary man made plastic nightmare.