Where does all the plastic and trash go once it gets into the Pacific Ocean? A lot of it ends up in what is known as the Pacific Garbage Patch, an area of swirling waters twice the size of Texas. A scientific mission called Project Kaisei takes us out to the Northern Pacific Gyre to take a look and to remove as much of the waste as they can. What they find there is very shocking.
Pavan Raj Gowda is an amazing teen with a passion for protecting the planet. He published 3 books by the time he was in the 6th grade. At 8 he founded Green Kids Now and at 10 he hosted the first Green Kids Conference. You know there's much more!
Jordan visits a company that is making cooking oil, motor oil, biodiesel fuel and regular gas for our cars from Algae...yes ALGAE! Could this be the fuel of the future?
We are surrounded by stuff, everywhere!...products we buy and use every day. All that stuff is made of chemicals, built from a molecule and made into a material. At UC Berkeley's Center for Green Chemistry they want to make sure all that stuff is safe for humans and for the environment.
Cell phones go out of style like fashion. Everyone wants the latest laptop or tablet. Computers and servers are abandoned like old cars. It's no wonder E-waste recycling has become big business. Jaden visits one company using a Big Green Machine that separates all of the different materials for reuse.
Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove, California has a very cool Green Energy Technology Academy. One of their projects is a real product helping to bring electricity and light to people around the world.
It may look clean, but cotton has a big footprint in the world. Cotton growers use 11 percent of the world's pesticides and it takes more than 700 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make just one T-shirt. But some farmers are doing things differently. Jordan heads out to the fields to find out how.
Jessica visits the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory In this special facility they are building the world's largest laser...actually 192 lasers that multiply and combine to create nuclear fusion to reproduce the same kind of energy process that happens on the sun. It's 100% clean energy and produces no reactive waste!
We meet some teens spending the day learning about raptors and their relationships with the environment and farmers! The day culminates with the teens building box homes for barn owls. It's day of discovery for all.
Eco Company goes to South India where, two California teens have started a program to replace harmful tobacco farming ny growing the sustainable Jatropha plant The fruit from the Jatropha plant produces oil that can be used to make biofuel. It is an amazing story about Adarsha Shivakumar and his sister Apoorva Rangan beginning a successful transformation.