Tsunami Trash Wake Up Call

Trash pile in Pacific Ocean

Trash heap from Japanese Tsunami (photo (c) U.S. Navy)

A gigantic pile of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean is headed towards Hawaii and the West Coast of Canada and the U.S. This heap of trash consists of all the stuff of our modern civilization: Houses, building materials, cars, boats, computers, plastics, hazardous materials and toxic waste – all poised to wash up on the sandy shores of the beaches of the Pacific.

The debris area has been estimated to be 3,200 kilometers long and 1,600 kilometers wide. Its arrival onto the shores of Hawaii is estimated to be 2013, followed by the west coast of Canada and California between 2013 and 2014. The debris is the result of the 9.0 magnitude-earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan’s east coast last spring.

While this poses to some as an inconvenience, a monumental environmental disaster is beckoning, and it is a wake up call. Just consider all the hazardous materials used to manufacture our cars, houses, boats and other goodies. These become toxins when they end up mixed with our environment.

Pacific Trash Pile from Tsunami

Boats and other wreckage floating towards shores in the Pacific (Photo (c) U.S. Navy)

Meanwhile, environmental alternatives do exist. Every toxic and hazardous building material can be replaced with natural building materials. Currently the world is suffering from two crises that can be solved together: The first is an economic crisis with broad scale unemployment and lack of productivity. The second is an environmental crisis that will destroy the very environment that keeps us alive.

What if humanity’s new focus changed from a chase to make more synthetic goodies to making natural alternatives that did not harm the environment? This would challenge legions of innovative inventors, designers, manufacturers and workers all around the world to design and make environmentally-friendly products. It would also employ legions of architects, engineers, productivity experts and health workers, all focused on retrofitting our buildings, cars and other goods in order to reduce the load of synthetic chemicals upon our bodies and our planet.

Ocean Currents in the Pacific

Currents of the Pacific Ocean (Photo (c) NOAA)

The revolution needed around the world is one that saves our planet, our health and the health of our children and children’s children. That is the revolution that will prevent future toxic trash heaps from washing up on our children’s shores.

Case Adams is a California Naturopath with a PhD in Natural Health Sciences, and Board Certified Alternative Medicine Practitioner. He has authored 26 books on natural healing strategies. “My journey into writing about alternative medicine began about 9:30 one evening after I finished with a patient at the clinic I practiced at over a decade ago. I had just spent the last two hours explaining how diet, sleep and other lifestyle choices create health problems and how changes in these, along with certain herbal medicines and other natural strategies can radically yet safely turn ones health around. As I drove home that night, I realized I needed to get this knowledge out to more people. So I began writing about health with a mission to reach those who desperately need this information. The strategies in my books and articles are backed by scientific evidence along with wisdom handed down through traditional medicines for thousands of years.” Case connects with the elements by surfing, hiking and being a beach bum.

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