The rubbish patch
The rubbish patch covers 1.6 million square kilometres with a concentration of 10–100 kg per square kilometre. They estimate an 80,000 metric tons in the patch, with 1.8 trillion plastic pieces, out of which 92% of the mass is to be found in objects larger than 0.5 centimetres. Not to mention the trillions of immeasurable Micro plastics that don't collect together. This Graph totally disregards the 20million tonnes of landfill we (Australia) throw out annually and is already on our lands accumulating every second.
The Green is the total area of the country. The Orange is the Area we would have left after deducting the 1.6 million km2 of garbage. The Yellow 1.6 million km2 of garbage. The garbage area is bigger than 32/50 of our world's largest countries. We hope this sinks in with people and puts everything in perspective. In less than 200 years we have done this to our oceans and land.
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