Garbage Island: An Ocean Full of Plastic (Part 1/3)

Garbage Island: An Ocean Full of Plastic (Part 1/3)


[SOUND OF PROJECTOR] CHARLES MOORE: Every reporter
changes the story. Just like every scientist
changes what he’s observing, every reporter is changing
that story. [MUSIC PLAYING] MEREDITH DANLUCK: What
are we doing, Joe? JOE GOODMAN: Well, I’m ready
to put a plastic catcher in the water, a troll. MALE SPEAKER: Troll? JOE GOODMAN: So I’ll
troll for plastic. [MUSIC PLAYING] CHARLES MOORE: What in
the hell is that? There’s a misconception that the
worst kind of spill is the gooey, oily mess. THOMAS MORTON: Yeah. CHARLES MOORE: But it’s really
these nice little bits of your plastic bottles that
are going to be around forever, basically. THOMAS MORTON: So we’re just
on the outskirts of the gyre right now. I haven’t really even gotten
into the thick of things. And already, in the last hour,
we’ve seen more fucking trash float by than we have in the
entire voyage up until now. We’re nowhere near land. We’re nowhere near any
other fucking ships. And it’s just flotsam
city out here. All fucking plastic too, all
gross, sun baked, plastic. It’s absurd. FREDERICK VOM SAAL: Just this
one chemical, bisphenol A, that is used to make this hard,
clear plastic called polycarbonate, is produced at
over 7 billion pounds a year. And it’s a non-recyclable
plastic. What’s happening to it? It’s being thrown away
into the environment. The evidence from Europe, Asia,
the United States, is that every person examined
has these chemicals in their bodies. There is actually a study in
Japan where women with elevated levels of bisphenol
A were the women who were repeatedly miscarrying,
never able to have a successful pregnancy. When you go out into the ocean
and you see that the ocean is full of these plastic products,
where in the world is there not exposure to them? [MUSIC PLAYING] THOMAS MORTON: Tell me when. Ready? JAKE BURGHART: All right,
whenever you’re ready. THOMAS MORTON: OK,
you rolling? JAKE BURGHART: Yep. THOMAS MORTON: Hi. I’m Thomas Morton. We’re here in Long Beach,
California, on our way to meet Charles Moore, who’s the captain
of the oceanographic research vessel, Alguita. For a number of years, we’ve
been reading these articles about this just huge section
of the ocean that’s essentially a floating
landfill. 10 years ago, on a sailing
trip back from Australia, Captain Moore took a detour into
a section of the North Pacific called the North Pacific
Gyre, which is kind of a swirling vortex of currents. That area has historically acted
as a collecting point for all the debris. And it’s sometimes referred to
as the Eastern Garbage Patch. Now, with the advent of
plastics, it’s just become one large, continuous dump. When Captain Moore found it, it
was just plastic bags and bottles and consumer products
as far as the eye can see. Some places have estimated
it as the size of Texas. There’s a lot of what sounds
like hyperbole. And some people have
written it off totally as an urban myth. So we’re going to go out with
Captain Moore on his boat to survey the damage out there. I’ve never been on a boat. And I’ve been kind of boning
up on my knots and swimming lessons and all. It’s a three-week trip. A week to get out there, a week
of taking samples and hanging out with all the trash,
and a week to get back. We are going to act as crew. That’s Jake, our camera guy. Meredith, our producer. We are 1/2 of the crew of the
ORV Alguita on our way to “Garbage Island.” [CAR HORN] MEREDITH DANLUCK:
Captain Moore? THOMAS MORTON: Hi. I’m Thomas. CHARLES MOORE: Nice to
meet you, Thomas. THOMAS MORTON: Good
to meet you. CHARLES MOORE: Good
to have you. Come on aboard. Come on aboard. THOMAS MORTON: Thank you. CHARLES MOORE: We’ve got some
people for you to meet here. FEMALE SPEAKER: Great. Welcome. THOMAS MORTON: Hello. FEMALE SPEAKER: Come on in. Welcome aboard. CHARLES MOORE: We do have
a freezer on this side. And we can put a couple gallons
of ice cream in there. MEREDITH DANLUCK: Ice cream
seems to be a high priority for you. CHARLES MOORE: Well, it’s
like that’s a treat because it’s a dry boat. I usually give it one day in the
jar, because it’s so calm and we’ve been working so hard
for so long, where we just put out the sea anchor and stop. And if you want to get
pissed, go ahead. [LAUGHTER] CHARLES MOORE: But mostly, when
you’re on watch and we’re working, it’s a dry boat. THOMAS MORTON: Yeah. CHARLES MOORE: That’s
just the way it is. I know that you don’t have
much experience. But do you know whether or
not you get sea sick? THOMAS MORTON: I have
in the past. CHARLES MOORE: OK, so
you’re going to probably want the patch. THOMAS MORTON: I might. CHARLES MOORE: At least
to get started. THOMAS MORTON: I’m about to get
my scopolamine patch to help keep down the sea
sickness, hopefully. This is the same stuff that
Colombian gangsters use to knock people out. FEMALE SPEAKER: The one thing
you want to be careful of is, if you touch it, don’t
touch your eyes. THOMAS MORTON: OK. I’m just going to– [LAUGHTER] THOMAS MORTON: I’m not going
to try to imagine what that would do. FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah. THOMAS MORTON: I’m not
going to do it. JAKE BURGHART: We haven’t
really done anything. We loaded up the boat. And since we’re going to be at
sea for three weeks and then this boat’s going to be in
Hawaii for a ways of time and then coming back, so
they’re just making everything super tight. MEREDITH DANLUCK: Do you want
to introduce yourself? JOE GOODMAN: The last voyage,
nobody survived. Hi. My name is Joe Goodman. MEREDITH DANLUCK: What
do you do, Joe? JOE GOODMAN: I’m a physician
in Fresno, California. I work with crazy people. MEREDITH DANLUCK: [LAUGHS] JOE GOODMAN: I don’t know if
you know Captain Moore, but the guy is an extremely
good cook. THOMAS MORTON: That’s
what we’ve read. JOE GOODMAN: So don’t hesitate
saying, hey, by the way– this is on film too. I love the man. I love him. THOMAS MORTON: It seems
it, so far. JOE GOODMAN: He also will keep a
little distant to all of us. I mean, he’ll bark at me too. If I’m not moving fast enough,
he’s going to say something. THOMAS MORTON: Yeah. JOE GOODMAN: So don’t
take offense to it. Safety is number one for
hitting on his boat. Everyone that comes back,
healthy, happy and enjoyable. And nobody has any problems. And then you cross over,
and then come through. MEREDITH DANLUCK: We’re
preparing to leave, to leave and not see land for
three weeks. I trust the captain. He knows what he’s
doing, right? This smells like cat piss. LORENA M. RIOS MENDOZA:
[SPEAKING SPANISH] CHARLES MOORE: And now
here’s the sea grass and all this plastic. This is a pre-production
plastic pellet here. These pellets are the virgin
material that have never been through the hands
of a consumer. They’re just what the factory
uses to make plastic objects out of, whether it’s a plastic
bag or a coffee cup. They get here by being lost in
the rail yards and the truck delivery docks. It’s a symbol of the whole
plastic production chain, how it pollutes from the very
beginning, when it’s just in this pellet form, up to
these bottle caps. We may get up to, say, 50% of
some water bottles recycled. But none of the caps are
getting recycled at the present time. She’s on the phone. Soon there will be no phone. It will be all work
and no play. MEREDITH DANLUCK: [LAUGHTER] THOMAS MORTON: I think, from
first impressions, we’re going to have kind of a family cruise
vibe on this trip. Captain Moore is, obviously,
the no-nonsense dad. He sort of reminds me
of the dad from Freaks and Geeks a little. Joe’s the wacky uncle. Lorena’s the Mexican
scientist aunt. And I guess we’re the
slightly grown kids. THOMAS MORTON: You all right? Did you just clock yourself? JAKE BURGHART: Yeah. THOMAS MORTON: Nice. CHARLES MOORE: OK, here we go! Gwen, we got Gwen on
the stern line. We’ve got Parker on the bow. [APPLAUSE] [CHEERS] FEMALE SPEAKER: Have
a great trip! FEMALE SPEAKER: Have
a nice journey! THOMAS MORTON: I don’t know if
it’s like California, or being in a marina. It’s really hard to distinguish
between other people that are being friendly
or dickheads or are just so sun-basted, their
brains are done. You know, it’s funny if you
consider that there are places in the world that are
seven days away. Like flying to Hawaii from LA
or whatever takes, what? Like eight hours? Eight or nine? And yet this is going to
be seven days away. [MUSIC PLAYING] JOE GOODMAN: Here he is. He’s coming up right here. THOMAS MORTON: There we go. Oh, this might be
the final one. Look. Look. JOE GOODMAN: I tell you, if he
circles around, I’m putting my wet suit on. [LAUGHTER] JOE GOODMAN: Yeah. So I’ve swam with the Orcas. Orcas aren’t afraid of me. I’m not afraid of them. They can take me, if they
want to, today. THOMAS MORTON: It’s
just water now. MEREDITH DANLUCK: There’s
not even any boats. THOMAS MORTON: Nope. Nothing on the radar,
on the radio. Just us. MEREDITH DANLUCK: I got a little
twinge of anxiety last night where I was
like, holy fuck. We are on a boat in the
middle of the ocean. JOE GOODMAN: We’re not even
close to the middle yet. MEREDITH DANLUCK: Yeah. JOE GOODMAN: I can
still see land. THOMAS MORTON: What made
you want to come? JOE GOODMAN: First I’ve
always wanted to be in the North Pacific. I’ve never sailed this
area before. Also, I wanted to know about the
plastic garbage problem. There’s so much that
individuals, they get inundated, inundated,
inundated. And yet something really
significant, like The Gyre, nobody knows about it. I mean, if we didn’t have this
boat and some other people, who would ever tell
us about it? It’s the middle of nowhere. Why would it affect us? It’s the middle of nowhere. We don’t see it. And if you don’t see it,
it doesn’t exist. [MUSIC PLAYING] CHARLES MOORE: Where can
you really see a huge expanse of nothing? What’s the biggest thing most
people ever see that’s really open and unencumbered? Like a desert scene? But still, it’s very finite,
compared to the ocean. MEREDITH DANLUCK: How
much garbage do you think is in the ocean? CHARLES MOORE: I think there’s
100 million tons minimum. 100 million tons minimum. We’re all guilty. There’s no guiltless
parties here. MEREDITH DANLUCK: Ooh. Wow. MALE SPEAKER: What’d you get? THOMAS MORTON: Whoa. I busted out the ship’s jelly
guide and managed to hit the right page. Jesus Christ. OK, so I went to the glossary to
look up manubrium, because I was a little unclear
on what that was. And thankfully, it lays
it straight for me. “The manubrium is a variously
shaped pendant, subumbrellular, gastrovascular
cavity in medusa bearing a terminal mouth.”
[MAKES SPITTING NOISE] Of course. MEREDITH DANLUCK: It really is
amazing how similar plastic looks to the jellies. I swam up to it thinking
it was jelly. It’s crazy. LORENA M. RIOS MENDOZA: CHARLES MOORE: Every part
needs to have a well-understood by the
general public end. You can’t just say it’s the
consumer’s fault, right? You’ve got to have a
place for it to go. Right now, plastic
has no end game. You’re done with it? Well, which bucket
do I throw it in? You know, there’s no end game. MEREDITH DANLUCK: I’ve
done it before. I don’t know what kind
of status that is. THOMAS MORTON: Isn’t it a little
ironic that, on a trip out to see the damage plastic’s
doing to the ocean, almost all the food that we need
for the trip has to be kept in plastic? CHARLES MOORE: I’m quite sure
all of us during this trip have contributed plastic to the
ocean, not wantonly, but helplessly. With all the plastic we have,
we can’t help it. This idea that we’re going to
have all these pristine products in plastic one after
the other, and open, open, open, open, all day long, it’s
like Christmas every day, you’re being fooled. What about an orange? That has its own wrapper. What about a head of lettuce? Romaine lettuce, you just pick
off the outer leaves. You don’t need a wrapper. Now there’s a million things
that don’t need this bullshit. MEREDITH DANLUCK:
What is that? THOMAS MORTON: Some
sort of pod fruit? What is it? CHARLES MOORE: Banana flower. MEREDITH DANLUCK:
A banana flower. MALE SPEAKER: [FOREIGN] CHARLES MOORE: Well, we’re going
to have this for dinner. [FOREIGN] All the religions got to go. JOE GOODMAN: [FOREIGN] [LAUGHTER] THOMAS MORTON: Kind of hard to
remember what day it is when all you’re doing is
sitting on a boat. We’ve been having shit luck
with sailing wind. So we’ve been running the
motors the whole time. And now we need to refuel. Have to run hoses down into the
tanks from those little nozzles on top. I guess it’s kind of ironic
that we’re here on this environmental tour
of the place. Nature won’t even give us the
winds we need not to pollute her with diesel fumes. CHARLES MOORE: Can you imagine
this full of vegetable oil? THOMAS MORTON: So you’re
planning on converting your engine. How soon do you think you’re
going to be able to do that? CHARLES MOORE: As soon as I
can identify sources in foreign ports where
I’ll be traveling. THOMAS MORTON: Ah! JOE GOODMAN: THOMAS MORTON: Yeah. CHARLES MOORE: (WITH AUSTRALIAN
ACCENT) Aye, mate. Take her up another
five inches, mate. [LAUGHTER] THOMAS MORTON: So we just
stopped and Lorena’s going to take her first samples. We’re just going to see, I
think, what the plastic content in this water is,
and see if we can catch a couple of pieces. It’s literally what
you’d expect. It’s like beakers and funnels,
some sort of weird handheld microscope, it looks like. This is nerd heaven. LORENA M. RIOS MENDOZA:
Thomas? THOMAS MORTON: Yes? LORENA M. RIOS MENDOZA: THOMAS MORTON: From
the freezer? LORENA M. RIOS MENDOZA: Yes. THOMAS MORTON: OK. LORENA M. RIOS MENDOZA: THOMAS MORTON: Lorena was
explaining to me earlier a little bit of her equipment,
some sort of solution that’s going to somehow indicate the
presence of plastic particles, polymers, in the water, so
that you can get a rough estimate of what the exact
polymer count is. JOE GOODMAN: Wherever there’s
little areas of collection, you see this stuff
filling them up. And historically, these places
were places where nutrients accumulated. And debris had nutrient value. It was biodegradable. Now we’re covering up with a
suffocating layer of non-gas permeable plastic with toxics
attached to it. When you put your hand in here,
you can feel some of the hard objects, the plastics. It’s kind of interesting. THOMAS MORTON: The difference
between organic trash and synthetics is whereas the
organic stuff biodegrades, plastics, they just break down
into individual polymers. So as small as they
keep getting, it’s still the same plastic. It’s every part of a Coke bottle
busted down into a little digestible morsel. CHARLES MOORE: What we say is,
we sweat the small stuff. And what we’re doing with Lorena
is trying to get down into what we can’t see. No one’s tried to find
microplastics in the main environment. What is it doing to
these jellyfish? When we pull up blobs of plastic
and globs of jelly all mixed together, what’s
going on there? [MUSIC PLAYING] MEREDITH DANLUCK: We just
jostled Thomas out of bed for the sunset. Is this one, maybe, in the
top five things that you’ve never seen? THOMAS MORTON: I’ve
seen some things. JAKE BURGHART: Have you seen
the moon on the other side? Let’s go check that out. THOMAS MORTON: I’m bored. JAKE BURGHART: All right,
let’s see your point. Bring your point out a
little to the right. All right, ready? Turn back and look
at the camera. [LAUGHTER]

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  1. Hey potty mouth! Totally unnecessary language man! I'm trying to educate my grandkids to what is going on but stopped your video as soon as potty mouth started up! Such a pity!

  2. Boy Meredith would be really pretty if she would shut the fuck up about Americans being Nazis because she doesn't agree with them politically.

  3. Dude….take a lesson from an older more experienced dude, who feels the same as you. Drop the poor language from your vocabulary. It does not do your intelligence and drive any justice. I get that you feel strongly, but the strong language does not add to your emotion or credibility…..it detracts. There are many people that will totally ignore and discount you due to your use of what they consider foul language. I am enlightened enough to understand that words are just that invented thoughts verbalized into speech. Grab a whole new gear and drop the poor language.

  4. Why oh why do these "professional" journalists curse or swear in every fucking video that they make? What is The reason for It? It's almost like it's intentional to a degree.

  5. A pity the douechebag that was so insulting to the nice people waving goodbye and wishing him well didn't fall off into the sea

  6. Someone needs to have a talk with the U.S. NAVY about their dumping of trash in the oceans. I was in the Navy when i was in my late teens early 20s and the CAPT. Of my boat would order garbage detail when we were so far away from land. We dumped everything. And this was common pratice throughout the NAVY because even at that young age i felt it was wrong but i did it because i was terrorified to disobey an order. But other people from other ships said it happens on all ships.

  7. Thank you for showing how far the indifference to our planet has gotten. Thank you. I hope to see captions in Spanish my peeps, oh oh thanks to Dra Laura Rios Mendoza and her beautiful Spanish and research.

  8. Mythical is correct, try eliminating India and that garbage heap first, then you can try and tell us how wrong we are

  9. WHY do you think USA contributes to this? Trash in the USA gets buried under dirt… IN asian countries they dump trash in the ocean… Why don't liberals cover that? Why is most liberal ran news lie so much and is extremely fake? Why is hollywood mostly liberal? Why are teachers mostly liberal? Why is 90% of the mainstream news liberal (only fox is republican… and its shit) Does brainwashing exist?!!!!???!!!!

  10. guess what.. dont do anything with that floating plastic island.. I am not saying add to the problem, dont add more plastic to the ocean, but that floating plastic island is really the only stopping the whole ocean from becoming polluted.. that island is attracting and collecting all the plastic to one location.. reduce, reuse and recycle but dont try and control things already set in motion

  11. I really wanted to show this to my elementary students but can't for the feel language. Frustration with the problem is evident and I am not blind to it. I am leading child into this fight. Please clean up the language so they can see it.

  12. The real garbages are HUMAN.. No matter what you use to replace plastic, it will still destroy the environment. Remove the human, then the earth life will go back to normal

  13. I've scoured the internet looking for pictures of this elusive garbage patch that's supposedly the size of Texas, yet just like U2, I still haven't found what i'm looking for 🙁

  14. There’s tons of stuff to do that can refuse the use of plastic now. It’s not entirely avoidable, but it is possible to cut down drastically.

  15. it is a good video but the foul language is unnecessary! I was going to show to school kids and couldn't because of the language just in the first 3 minutes.

  16. There has long been technology for processing contaminated (unwashed), non-sorted plastic garbage into marketable products: euro-pallets, garbage cans and wine boxes, car bumpers, floating berths, boats, road plastic fences. You can not deceive – getting fuel is expensive and harmful!

  17. What is needed is legislation that prohibits the sale of any goods that are not easily recycled or biodegradable. So much packaging and many products are needlessly plastic. Companies must be forced by legislation to adopt environmentally compatible international packaging standards. Citizens need to be educated about what constitutes compliance to the legislation standards and best practices. There is a lot to be said for good old paper, metal and glass packaging.

  18. The US could put a hell of a lot of people to work cleaning up this mess. It would stimulate the economy, as all green jobs would. But to prevent it from happening again, we need to ban plastic bags, bottles, and other non-biodegradable plastic. There is no political will to do this because of Koch Brothers and Big Oil. We have to do something about plastic. It’s killing plants, animals, and humans.

  19. This must be one of the guys that says global warming is all made by man. There are deep lakes that are time bombs with co2 deep in the water. Google it find out for yourself. There are many natural things that contain massive amounts of co2, just waiting for release.

  20. i keep hearing these horror stories and wish i could do more i recycle everything i can get my hands on i pick up other people abandon bottles and cans but i know people who for whatever reason are to lazy or ignorant or don't care they just throw there recycling items in with the trash and does no good to talk to them about the subject it's like talking to myself or a wall i use a tote box to put the recycling items in that gets hauled out to the recycling bin for the truck to haul it away

  21. do the Devil's Breath Datura Scop patch dooood! .. then you would be able to invent imaginative new ways of getting rid of the nasty plastic out of all of our our seas and eureka! how about us stopping putting it there in the first place by globally restricting the manufacture and importation of all toxic (including when combusted) non bio-degradable types of plastic AND by helping the top offender countries which are chucking most of their plastic refuse into the oceans to stop doing it by educating them on how to produce and dispose of renewable safe non-toxic plastics .. according to a study from Ocean Conservancy called Stemming the Tide, 55-60% of plastic polluting the oceans comes from five countries: China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam plusloads of plastic waste comes from Nigeria 🙁 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UynITtG7HLE

  22. Somehow I knew that the comment section would be filled with people bitching about the people and not the subject

  23. Der er opfundet maskiner der kan fjerne plastik og andre ting fra havet man skel bare lave dem støre, kig på Indien og hvordan de renser deres floder held og lykke ☺ 👍 👍 👍 👍 🇩🇰

  24. i agree with wax. long ass boring video. yeah every person that lives is at fault for this. but the people who are getting paid to dispose of our trash are really to blame.. plus stupid rich people who have the time to do this kind of shit and say shame on us for our litter. how much did ya bring back or did you just go out and point this out . kinda like the same as everyone else

  25. Please help get the word out on this petition to Target to Stop Filling the World with Plastic Bags!  With over 1800 stores, we need Target to lead!  http://chng.it/r8fP9L47fM

  26. Why do they always send this beta out to do alpha stuff? When he curses he it seems so un natural. He shouldnt be anywhere near "man" stuff. He should be decorating a luving room somewhere.

  27. Shock our leaders need sacking and jailing big time they cannot get away with this destruction and harm to themselves ,others, life and our beautiful planet what the fuck man …

  28. What a disgusting, foul mouthed presenter. This devalued the entire documentary and made it unsuitable for viewing in schools, community leagues, and anywhere else where the audience would be anything other than street punks. Whoever produced and directed this needs to muzzle that jackass or wash his mouth out with soap. His mouth is just as polluted as he says the ocean is and both need to be cleaned up.

  29. Interesting how Lorena speaks to them in Spanish and they respond in English and she reponds again in Spanish… this shows that both sides understand the other language enough to comprehend and respond…. just not in the same language.

  30. Indeed, plastic is the scourge of our present predicament. I humbly pray that all of us unite in solidarity with our President Trump. Plastic was a plague unleashed upon us long before Trump became President!!! Let us link arms in our sincere endeavor to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!! MAKE THE WORLD GREAT AGAIN!!! GOD BLESS TO ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE GOOD LORD JESUS!!!!!! I humbly pray on my knees for ALL OF YOU!!!

  31. People standing on the pier, waving goodbye to the boat – while there's trash on the pier all around them. lol Talk about the Forest and Trees. Damn people, at least bend over and pick that shit up.

  32. Where are the videos of the texas sized island of plastic. I watched several claiming there are islands of trash floating around.
    Liars

  33. They all want to remove the plastics and clean up the Ocean, which is admirable and all, but where do you put it all once it is collected? What can you do with recycled plastic? I m serious, the only thing I can think of is creating new plastic bottles/bags etc. and again, only contributing to the pollution all over

  34. My stars I hope this Morton boy gets seriously Sexed-Up before they hit land (polymer). He makes me nervous narrating this, he's on such high-serious-nerd/bad language mode and really REALLY needs to relax and smile (and – get, seriously Sexed Up. Like a LOT. THEN we can all have fun with Plastics. 🙂

  35. show this more on tv we need a balance of his and other things, we need a worldwide attention to plastic pollution we need scientists to step up their research

  36. The source of the plastic in the oceans has been pretty much attributed to a few rivers and none of them are in the northern hemisphere. What do we do to combat this and SAVE MOTHER EARTH? Local city councils ban plastic straws. Wow, I bet that worthless gesture of virtue signalling really shows em.

  37. Do not watch part 1 or 2, nothing happens but talking and random hipster shit. Part 3 shows micro plastics but not the actual huge pgp 🙄 I wasted 60 mins. Thought I’d share so you don’t waste your time!

  38. Cool… the plastic is in our bodies … and women end up not being able to bear children …. result: the end of humans …

    I just hope the next civilization will do better …

  39. Remember It's 2019 and the USA still denies climate change 🤣🤣🤣, do you think anyone cares about the earth let alone the ocean? 😂😂😂, that's a good laugh.

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