28 Jun 2011

Polluting Plastics - how we reach the furthest islands with our crap

You might think that what happens on an island in the middle of the pacific ocean has little bearing on the rest of the world. This particular island is around 2,400 miles from Alaska, 3,000 from the USA and around 4,500 from Australia, in fact, as stated in the video below, it's about as far away from 'civilisation' as you can get.

And yet, baby Albatrosses are dying there with their stomachs full of plastic. In the pacific ocean, there's a collection of waste plastic as large as the state of Texas, but it's not floating, it's beneath the water. Bottle caps, fishing net & line, plastic bags and so on. Some has been broken down to size of plankton, some is not. Analysis of the area reveals that plastic pieces outnumber plantkon by 6 to 1.

We're killing our planet, but the worst is happening thousands of miles away from 'civilisation', and if you can't see it with your own eyes and experience it, it's hard to understand and accept what is happening.

As Chris Jordan says in the video, "If there's a place on the earth where our plastic pollution shouldn't be, this (island) is it". "If it's there, by implication, it's everywhere".

This is an incredibly moving presentation by photographer Chris Jordan.

I also suggest you visit the 'Midway' gallery on his website.

Does it make you think about the waste you are responsible for? What effect does it have on you?

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