Moira O'Keefee (LFAS - Alumni)

Photo shoot

Moira O'Keeffe (LFAS-Alumni)
Hello friends, I'm kind of doing a little bit of back tracking right now, as I have started my new project, however I Thought it was important to share these. Last summer I got the idea to do a visual representation of how much consumers actually waste on a daily basis. The following are a series of photos showing people in everyday situations surrounded by trash, to show that whenever we throw anything away it's not really going 'away'. Also shout out to my rad friends Danielle Campani and...Read More...
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Plastic Bags

Moira O'Keeffe (LFAS-Alumni)
Alright so some of you from last year might remember that I was toying with the idea of trying to ban or tax plastic bags in Langley. Things happened and by the end of the year I was extremely exhausted and had a busy summer ahead of me, so I sort of just put that idea on the back burner for the time being. However before I finished last year, with the help of my mentor Ahndra, I created an informative document type of thing explaining our current environmental situation and why taxing...Read More...
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Research round 1: Ethics

Moira O'Keeffe (LFAS-Alumni)
Hello everyone, so I decided to start with ethics surrounding the meat industry since that is probably the most controversial part of it. I going to break up today's post into three different sections: Pigs, cows, and chickens. Seeing as these are probably the most commonly eaten animals I thought they would be the best to display what goes on at factory farms. First a bit of general information. So in the past 50 years or so meat eating has increased 5 fold. Naturally in order to meet these...Read More...
Last Reply By Maiya Callister (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
So since my last post was pretty depressing, I thought I would share a couple of things that are pretty inspiring and innovative. In my last post I briefly mentioned a man named Boyan Slat, but didn't go into to much detail. So Boyan Slat is a Dutch entrepreneur and inventor who has devised a plan to hopefully clean up the Pacific Gyre. As I have mentioned before, pretty much the main reason why all the plastic has converged into this one huge thing is due to the fact that an ocean gyre is...Read More...
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More on The Gyre

Moira O'Keeffe (LFAS-Alumni)
Lets take a look at what is actually in the gyre. So as probably most of you have figured out by now there is a LOT of plastic in the Pacific Gyre. However I was very surprised to find that the most common item found in the gyre is cigarette butts. I was very surprised about this statistic. You really wouldn't think that cigarettes would be the most common thing, but if you think about it it does make sense. Millions of people everyday go through probably 1-2 packs of cigarettes everyday.Read More...
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Research

Moira O'Keeffe (LFAS-Alumni)
Hello! So as I haven't really explained what the Pacific Gyre is in depth, I thought I would post some of my research from last year, just to keep everyone up to date: -The Pacific Gyre is a naturally occurring water vortex that creates a whirlpool in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This is the reason that so much garbage has converged here due to the intense currents pulling everything towards it. - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is actually 2 smaller patches joined together by something...Read More...
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Prevention

Moira O'Keeffe (LFAS-Alumni)
So seeing as one of my main goals of this project is to educate people on what is happening and how we can prevent further pollution, I thought it was only fitting to post a few simple ways to reduce your plastic consumption in your daily life: - bring re-usable bags to the grocery store(a single plastic bag can take up to 1000 years to decompose) - at restaurants ask to have your drink without a straw - avoid chewing gum( as it is basically edible plastic) opt for mints instead -try to buy...Read More...
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Project Update

Moira O'Keeffe (LFAS-Alumni)
Alright, so seeing as it's been about 200 years since I last posted something, I thought it would be a good thing to do. Anyways so for those of you who don't know the topic of my butterfly effect project is plastic and the pacific gyre. The Pacific Gyre is a huge garbage patch in the middle of the pacific ocean. It contains about 11 million tons of trash and is approximately twice the size of Texas. 80% of the garbage is plastic. As you would assume this is extremely detrimental to our...Read More...
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