Light bulbs, bottle caps, toothbrushes, Popsicle sticks and tiny pieces of plastic, each the size of a grain of rice, inhabit the Pacific garbage patch, an area of widely dispersed trash that doubles in size every decade and is now believed to be roughly twice the size of Texas.[Source]
The five garbage patches around the world are growing. Its quite a spectacle of humanilty that we consume so much that the waste needs to be burried in landfills and is left to float in the oceans. We as a species cannot deal with our own waste products. Clearly it is not a sustainable practice, and the great pacific garbage patch will continue to grow. Obviously nothing will be done about it; it will cost money to do something about it, and companies will not pay to throw away garbage. Hey its not our problem, its the oceans problem.
Humanity will have to change significantly, emotionally, to even consider cleaning up these natural habitats. Its garbage was 10 feet high in NYC, I’m pretty sure the government will pay to clean it up. But the emotions of spending money on something that does not directly effect us, and something that we do not see, is too difficult to overcome. The emotions of monetary loss, and not being able to spend the money on ourselves prevents anything from being done. Its really ugly, and its huge. The big one in the Pacific is twice the size of Texas. Garbage! Fish and other marine life use it as a habitat, but ultimately the vast majority of the trash produces toxic emissions, especially when broken down by the corosive salt water. Other material gets injested, contributing toxic pollutants to an important source of food.