Most people taking glass-half-full-of-garbage outlook.
photo credit: cesarharada.com
LTHOUGH MONTHS now have passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, people around the world are breathing a little easier knowing at least that the oceans are thick with human garbage dumped at will by polluting ships.
As one scientist noted during the fruitless search for Flight 370, the seas could be described as a "plastic soup," something many average people across the globe were unaware of.
"I feel so much more informed now," said one woman from Indonesia. "Whereas once I thought it was just wild exaggeration to hear that seagulls could choke inside of plastic bottle holders, now I can actually picture it."
Elementary school children in hundreds of countries have been sending each other drawings of what they imagine the oceans look like since they learned about the tons of garbage that litter the seas.
"It reminds me of the time we corresponded with classmates our age in Japan, when I was in second grade," one mother reminisced. "We are really just one human family, aren't we, connected by garbage-filled oceans."
People everywhere are still thinking of the families of those who disappeared on Flight 370, but are expressing more realism since ocean garbage brought the world together during the initial crisis.
"Of course we all wish for a miracle, that everyone is found alive on an island, or at least that the wreckage is finally located," said an Australian man.
"But I also hope the families can find some peace in knowing that there are regions of ocean so thick with rubbish that the chances of differentiating wreckage from garbage are about as good as all four Beatles reuniting in this world," he said, adding, "I don't know about you, but that helps me sleep just a little better."
© 6.18.14 Kate Heidel