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Call it what it is… ocean trash

October 07 2010 | Plastics, Jim's Blog,
by Jim

I was at a marine debris conference recently. At one point during the round table which covered a myriad of vectors into the problem of single-use plastic pollution in our oceans someone said "let's stop calling this 'marine debris' and call it what it is 'ocean trash'." Sometimes we forget one of the largest challenges within the environmental movement... which is not losing people with insider-speak jargon. I think this is one of those instances. Organizations like ours use phrases like "marine debris" for many reasons. Most of them have to do with wanting to be comprehensive and accurate. Yet... we lose people. Dictionary.com defines debris as... something other than the crude graphic that ocean trash actually is. Let's not buff up an ugly subject. Let's call it what it is... trash.
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