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Greenpeace Ship Visits Hawaii

Charles Moore Charles Moore
Esperanza at Honolulu harbor Tuesday Esperanza at Honolulu harbor Tuesday
Floating plastic accumulates into a "trash vortex" in the northern Pacific Ocean Floating plastic accumulates into a "trash vortex" in the northern Pacific Ocean
HONOLULU (KHNL) - Greenpeace is known for being a strong advocate of keeping our oceans, and everything living in it, clean and healthy. And while on a 16-month voyage around the world, it s biggest ship is paying Hawaii a visit.

The Esperanza and its crew are here to help celebrate with several local groups who were instrumental in helping establish the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands as a national marine monument. On it's way here, the crew has documented ocean tuna supplies, studied the threat against turtles, and prevented whalers from hunting the giants of the sea.

Before heading on to California, the Esperanza will stop in the northern Pacific, in an area known as the "trash vortex". That is where currents and wind collect piles of discarded plastics.

"The plastic packaging has no place to go once it's been discarded. The amount of plastic that gets recycled is only 3.5 percent and we make 250 billion pounds worldwide each year" says captain Charles Moore.

The ship left South Africa nearly a year ago and will continue on toward the Gulf of Mexico next. If you would like a closer look at the Esperanza, the public is invited for a free tour of the ship at Aloha Tower  Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
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