According to Good magazine, the current “State of the Birds” report is: We might not have any soon. This is according to Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior. 250 out of 800 species are in danger.
What prompted Beth Terry, who lives an outspoken plastic-free lifestyle to begin her blog Fake Plastic Fish? A photo of a baby albatross dead because it mistook plastic in the ocean for food.
Plastic is killing birds and fish and seals, not to mention polluting the water we drink. All species on earth are interdependent, so it might be wise to take some time to examine these early signs that all in the environment is not well due to our massive consumption and single-use waste habit.
That’s what will happen Saturday. Tune in to the Bag It blog to catch live streaming video feed of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Global discussions such as Waste, Justice and Livelihoods, Plastic Pollution in Our Bodies and Ocean Animals and Plastic Pollution will be broadcast all day.
TEDx, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, has in the past held conferences showcasing speakers like the UK’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Bill Gates and Isabel Allende.
This time around, water-lovers and aquatic wildlife champions will gather to discuss the floating island of plastic twice the size of Texas which floats around in the Pacific Ocean. Actor Ed Begley Jr. and explorer Fabien Cousteau will join a host of others, including the Vice President of Ghana, Patagonia-sponsored surfer Chris Malloy, and Arlene Blum, the founder of the Green Science Policy Institute and leader of the first American ascent team up Annapurna.
All of them gathered in the name of saving the birds, less one plastic item at a time.