Challenges

Challenges of the Area:

The Beaches of Juanchaco , Ladrilleros and La Barra, located on the souht pacific coast of Colombia, have been suffering from the ecological impact generated by all sorts of waste that arrive with the tide every day. This beaches are the Home of a great variety of species and cultures uniques in the world, that are getting destroyed at an accelerated rythm  provoking irreversible damages. A good example of this is the Humpback whales that travel here from the Antartic to give birth.  The excessive accomulation of plastic in the oceans, is putting at risk their survival, since the plastic is being confused by food, and when ingested it provoques the intoxication and the death of this beings. another example is that the communities that belong to this region, have beeen facing this problem without the proper knowledge and methods. The only solutions that they have found is the burning and burrying of the waste. In general the accumulation of garbage in the beach has been a great economical dilema for the inhabitants of this region, since turism wich is one of their main income  has been reduced.

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More information about plastic Global issues:

The Great Pacific Gyre, more aptly described as the Pacific Garbage Patch, has amassed an enormous concentration of garbage twice the size of Texas. While other Garbage Patches have unfortunately also become issues, the Pacific is the largest in the world. The ocean vortex that concentrates this plastic in the Pacific is covered in all kinds of garbage from plastic bags and bottles to hockey gear. The majority of the trash in the garbage patch is plastic. While plastic isn’t biodegradable like much of our trash, it is photodegradable, meaning broken down by the sun. As the plastic photodegrades it is broken into small pieces and those small pieces break into micro plates of plastic. These micro plates are highly toxic and are being eaten by marine life and work their way up the food chain eventually reaching us. Many microplastics cause chromosomal damage in humans and marine life. Most of trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes from land and is carried by currents until it gets trapped in the gyre. This creates a patch of garbage 100 ft. deep in some places making the clean up almost impossible. Little garbage in the patch originates from the sea. Because the Pacific Garbage Patch is located in international waters no real laws apply to it or have been broken. In addition, no countries will claim responsibility due to the cost of clean up and the guilt-free location.The problems of trash in Juanchabo Bay area is a reflection of this issues, and we believe that through this project and making alliances with other motivated organizations, we can reach the ears of our lawmakers to pass and enforce environmental laws promoting a turn away from petrochemical plastics by replacing these harmful substances with biodegradable plastics made from plant materials (like corn starch or cellulose) that do not pose the same threat to life.