"The bottom line," she says "is that we're making a difference . . . but right now we're barely holding steady" (45).
Signpost 2: Numbers and stats
"In the summer of 2005, Churnside and Veenstra started another project, the GhostNet Volunteer Ship Program" (48).
"Now retired from his job as an oceanographic consultant, Curt still spends fifty hours or more each week tracking trash" (49).
The author cited this person, so we can hear what he or she had to say. Noticing where they were in their journey, Mary used that info to inform scientist Jim Churnside.
"He continues to publish his newsletter, collect stories from beachcombers around the world, and visit schools to introduce children to the wonders of oceanography" (51).
The author showed that number so we were aware of the year Churnside started another project.
Summary: Important thing
If Curt hadn't continued tracking trash post his retirement he wouldn't have felt the fufillment.
Book Club Questions
Why did Curt want to continue tracking trash after his retirement?
Oceanography: tecnical term? Yes The branch of science that deals with the physical and biological properties and phenomena of the sea.
The most important thing, in the book Tracking Trash, was Curt wanting to track the ocean ocean currents. There were lots of step backs along the way. Many ocean creatures choked on plastic. Coral reefs where also destroyed by ghost nets.