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The Daily Embers: March For Our Lives, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and College Basketball

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Happy Monday? Over the weekend there was a massive March For Our Lives, news that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has gotten larger, and basketball games were played.

 

March For Our Lives

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people rallied for gun control. March For Our Lives demonstrations occurred across the country and world as students call for stricter gun control laws to counter future mass shootings.

In only five weeks, a group of teenagers mobilized one of the biggest student-led protests in D.C. since the Vietnam War. Students filled Pennsylvania Avenue while many other U.S. cities hosted their own marches, and die-ins were held in cities like Berlin and London.

It is estimated that at least 200,000 people participated in the March for Our Lives in D.C. There were hundreds of other marches around the world.

Emma González gave a powerful speech and 11-year-old Naomi Wadler urged people to remember black women who’ve died from gun violence.

The focus of this movement now turns to the upcoming midterm elections. Thousands of people registered to vote during Saturday’s events. It will be about electing politicians who are also interested in universal background checks and banning assault-style rifles.

 

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A new study revealed that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has grown to more than 600,000 square miles; that is double the size of Texas and triple the size of France. This “island” is an enormous collection of trash that is floating between California and Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean.

Besides the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, there are four other known trash islands floating elsewhere in the ocean, but the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest of all of them.

“It’s a ticking time bomb of larger material,” Joost Dubois a spokesman for the Ocean Cleanup Foundation said. “We’ve got to get it before it breaks down into a size that’s too small to collect and also dangerous for marine life.”

 

NCAA Basketball Tournament

More games were played this past weekend and there were results.

 

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