Thursday, November 10, 2011

Speakers Charles Moore and Mike Biddle- Our Plastic Problem



I discovered Ted.com about six months ago when one of my professors asked my class to watch "Life lessons from an ad man." Ever since watching that first video, I have not been able to get enough of ted.com. The site features videos with innovators from around the world. They share their new ideas or offer solutions to problems. Many of these lectures are fascinating, others are awe inspiring and others are humbling. Topics range from brain science to music, anthropology to social networking, internet hacking to a range of social issues.

Recently, I found two videos that focus on the issue of plastics. I wanted to share these videos because they have important ideas that I believe everyone should know and understand about the world we live in. The first video features Capt. Charles Moore as the speaker. He addresses the growing problem with plastics in our oceans. Moore also has written a book on this issue called "Plastic Ocean." Moore's lecture is disheartening to say the least. However, Mike Biddle's speech offers hope and a solution to the problem with plastic. Of course, it will require a whole lot of people to take responsibility over their plastics and to recycle, but Biddle has decoded a problem that has been holding back recyclers since the beginning. Maybe his solution will be one of the first major steps to clean up our oceans and landfills.