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Gyre: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean | National Geographic

Gyre: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean | National Geographic



In this full-length web exclusive, National Geographic journeys along the remote Alaskan coast … in search of garbage. A team of scientists and artists investigates the buildup of marine debris washing out of the great gyres, or currents, in the Pacific Ocean. Called the Gyre Expedition, their goal is to create art from the trash they find to raise awareness about its impact on oceans and wildlife. Their artwork will become part of a traveling exhibition in 2014.
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  1. And then you have another problem e-waste. Computers, cell phones, TV sets, Etc discarded and dumped in piles everywhere. You have to stop all this plastic of the source because picking it up is not going to change anything as nice as it is. And how do you stop people from producing plastic around the world. I showed these videos to my friends and they just shrug it off like it's no big deal. It is a big deal. It takes about 3 or 4 oz of oil to make one 12 oz plastic bottle.

  2. We create garbage we don't know how to get rid off. Even the ocean has a slum.

  3. . . . and, for our next meaningless foray into a meaningful issue: Watch as NatGeo tracks a group of bartenders who fashion artisanal ice cubes for their drinks out of ice from a melting glacier, thus drawing attention to the threat of global warming.

  4. Men made problems just kept growing.

  5. very important documentery,hope to see people recycle more and help safe our planet.

  6. chek out my art exibet  garbeg of eden chi cycling

  7. Keep going you guys. I’m sure the art is beautiful especially when you think about what it represents and the critters lives it saves, {and human lives too}. The more stuff we can make out of this “trash” the more it won’t be in the environment and in the food chain.

  8. How about steel? It didn't exist in nature, but it did get manufactured by our kind.  Take loads of iron, fill a silo, light the coal, heat it over five thousand degrees for hours and days on end, instantly extinguish and cool it off with liquid nitrogen, add minute chrome to the mix, then you have it.  The heat removes the oxygen and other gasses from the metal, then, when it's done, you have got steel, which will not rust, and takes considerable force to dent, let alone smash. Go to the nearest big chain grocery store, cafe, or Wal-Mart. They will almost certainly have an aisle with canteens, flasks, or travel mugs. They will probably have plastic ones, but they will just as likely have steel ones, too.  Even at the swap meet, thrift store, or yard sale you may find a few. Scout out the nearest public fountain, and memorize them all, you will never have to pay for the stuff again.  Go to the sporting good store, you will find steel jars in the sporting goods section for food storage.
          Don't get hooked on junk food if you haven't already; never half eat your food, purchase only what you can afford and finish. Walk once in a while. Take a bicycle for a hobby or during your free time/vacation.  If at all possible, get a job cycling.  I ride it everyday, stopping for every beverage container left to the curb or shoulder, and overflowing rubbish bin; There is money to be made that way.

  9. Great job. We're looking forward to the exhibition at the museum!

  10. Not just recycle but reuse! Better off NOT to use plastic at all.

  11. We human better respect our earth before its to late. You will not have another planet to live on for future of our kids. Most importantly is less catching fishes too. We human are the nastiest people on earth.

  12. ways to recycle plastic

  13. fast food causes alot of plastic

  14. Yes, my friend you have much reason.
    There is only people with a lot of sense to live, to keep fighting for our world.
    I support you to spread your videos and so your videos reach more people
    for it grows a conscience in saving our world.
    always forward
    you have a wonderful day.
    Karlos

  15. We all need to participate in getting the word out! Thank you National Geographic for posting this important project!

  16. No. The children today will inherit a toxic cesspool. This is institutionalized. We have dug ourselves a deep, dark hole that we will never be able to climb our way out of. Trying our best to clean up the mess may help salve our selfish little souls, but it's too little, too late. We as a species have altered our natural habitats past the point of return.

  17. This video chang my opinion about usage plastic.

  18. Did you ever found a boddy?

  19. Wow. Thank you for doing it. I understand.

  20. Truly profound and beyond words. I had tears running down my cheeks through the whole thing.

  21. @thekotridge, there had been successful experiments of converting plastics back to its original form. There is a scientist here that has, though not the first, able to do that.

  22. I've participated in several cleaning initiatives in forests and rivers… it's so hard… and the worst part is getting to the point where you cannot carry more garbage, and there's still so much around

  23. It honestly fucking kills me what we as a species have been doing to this planet of ours…whether we like to admit it or not we are slowly but surely committing collective mass suicide.

  24. What need to be done is to find high economic value for those plastics. Like converting them back to oil.

  25. people are very good at criticizing
    but before criticizing
    we let's get changed every day in caring for our world.
    The world is like for our faults, our mistakes.
    all do our part in taking care of every part where we live.
    No cutting down trees, not using toxic products, caring for the animals, and all we setting an example for our children and family because They will be the people who saved the world
    thanks…

  26. to do good things
    to be good people
      always have to be bad people and bad things ….
    so is the philosophy in this world …..

  27. Good to know there's people out there doing this kinda work

  28. There needs to be a new type of plastic that breaks down naturally. This is crazy!

  29. The hearts are untouched by any desire to give a damn about nature, as it never enters their lives. Even the art created, will take them further from reality. All the plastic is killing everything. Even us eventually. By the time it effects their lives enough to matter. It will be too late. I believe it is too late already. The truth against the world? The world is in denial, and betrays itself. So many nations, could care less. And their people? They do not have the liberty to know, or care.

  30. the bears were truly amazing. they did tell me a lot… anyway, stop the littering!

  31. People should stop being selfish and care more about nature and our house which is earth.

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