Apr 01, 2009 3:39 AM GMT
Our Oceans are in trouble........
If you are concerned at all about environmental issues, please read this email. It is urgent, and requires your attention. It will only take you one minute.
There is an area of trash in the Pacific Ocean , called the "Plastic Vortex" which has estimates of over 4,000,000 tons of plastic waste. This is the size of Texas, and almost four times the size of Japan. It has been there since we started making plastics, because plastics do not go away. 5 such sites exist in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
The plastic is killing bird and marine life, and new studies show strong links to this plastic coming back into our own food chain. Many people have tested positive for the toxins contained in or attached to this plastic. This is significant when we consider the billions of people in this world who consume seafood.
Project Kaisei is a mission that plans to draw global awareness to the problem of plastics in our oceans. We will be working with National Geographic for the distribution of our documentary, and will be conducting this mission in June-August of this year. The mission will conduct trials and testing for collection methods to clean up the trash from the Ocean, as new technologies now exist to process the waste if it can be caught.
If you are interested in knowing more about the project, please click on this link for the website www.projectkaisei.org
The website explains the project in more detail. PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO ON THAT WEBSITE TO SEE AN INCREDIBLE EXPLANATION OF WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE WORLD 'S OCEANS.
You can help by going to the website and donating US$25, $50, $100 or more to Project Kaisei. Donate as much as you feel is appropriate to help our oceans. Receipts for larger amounts can be given and are tax deductible.
You can then follow the mission via the website and Google Earth, who is one of our partners in this project. For some great visual information on the problem, you can also go to the LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/oceans/la-oceans-flash-day4,0,7741594.flash
Please then forward this email to your address book. If each of you makes a small donation, and sends this email out, we will be able to make a big difference! The oceans really are in need of our help, as they have been neglected for years, and nothing in international waters will really ever be improved unless we take action ourselves from land.
Please ACT NOW, as this problem is an urgent one.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email and for making a donation.
Photos courtesy of Wallace J. Nichols and Rick Loomis