Ever wonder where all that plastic from old toys, used bottles, junk food packaging, pharmaceutical and medical waste, etc., goes to? Ocean land fills, storm drains, winds, etc., wash and blow tons of plastic bits and pieces out into the world's oceans. Most of this trash ends up in vast oceanic "gyres" where wind and currents eddy around and around a constant high pressure zone, and not all floats on the surface, some of it floats as far down as 30 meters. This catastrophe is immense and the damage to marine life permanent.
What I am trying to illustrate here is that the average materialistic lifestyle, what products we use, and how we dispose of them is critical to the health of the planet. Every day, I pick up large quantities of plastic in the streets and parking lots near where I live, knowing full well that this crap ultimately finds its way down the nearest storm drain and washes (or blows) out to sea to kill, choke or strangle the next bird, fish or turtle, etc., that happens to come across it. Some of the worse stuff is this white plastic "peanut" shaped packing material that blows around thousands of miles all the way to Antarctica and back.
Plastics come from petroleum, and knowing just how toxic and non-biodegradible most petroleum products are, from an ecological viewpoint, how unfortunate that oil was ever discovered and relied upon so heavily. Yes, the petroleum industry created many great advances in our way of life and the energy for transportation, however its toxicity and long history of careless means of extraction and transportation destroyed or permanently damaged many vital ecosystems such as the vital fisheries that once existed in the Gulf of Mexico and many others at the rate of at least one major oil spill per year.
One of the core reasons for such devastating effects on our delicate oceans and other areas of concern such as the vast destruction of the worlds forests, is overpopulation and the materialistic or sense-oriented ways of life. External forms of entertainment, consumerism, a heavy reliance on the automobile, junk, fast, and convenience food packaging and wrapping, mass agriculture, and consuming too much energy from non-renewable sources, and many other unwise decisions typical of the sensory bound lifestyle that I call materialism and unbridled sensuality is destroying this planet and endangering nearly every species on it.
It is vital that God (Spirit, wholeness, unselfish love, and correct eating) come first, otherwise what is one therefore doing? Most of the problems on this planet are caused by a poor understanding of one's true nature as being eternal and one with all life, meditating on pornography instead of God, ignoring Spirit, and incorrect eating; all resulting in a sense of separation and almost universal loneliness and longing that nothing external can ever fulfill. The universal separation from Self along with an incorrect and/or incomplete knowledge of and/or lack of interest in the awesome afterlife causes everyone to behave irrationally in one of the following ways: excessive greed, selfish intentions, manipulation, addiction to sensuality, drugs, alcohol, excessive smoking, or simply remain in what yogis call the "stupefied state" of consciousness which is a half-awake numbness, although functional, one is spiritually dead.
The Gulf Oil disaster video that BP and other oil corporations don't want you to see: