This is a computer generated image showing the amount of debris in orbit around the Earth. According to the info accompanying this image:
“Approximately 95% of the objects in this illustration are orbital debris, i.e., not functional satellites. The dots represent each item. The orbital debris dots are scaled according to the image size of the graphic to optimize their visibility and are not scaled to Earth. This image provide a good visualization of where the greatest orbital debris populations exist. The space shuttle Atlantis is flying at about 350 miles above Earth, an area littered with more dangerous space junk than the lower orbits where shuttles normally park at the international space station.” Associated Press
It’s mind boggling to think of our impact on everything. Pity the poor critters who have to live amid all our crap.
This full presentation by Jean-Michel Cousteau is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. It about Orcas, but it’s really about how we live our lives.
These may be the most interesting/inspiring/troublesome one hour, twelve minutes, and nineteen seconds you’ve spent in a long time.
Get a cup of coffee or tea or whatever, remove all distractions, and watch in one sitting. Let me know what you think.