Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Our plastic oceans

As the amount of plastic that we use increases it becomes important to be be made aware of where it all goes. Landfills yes, our beaches yes, but did you know that it also ends in our oceans. 9 million football fields worth of it are currently swimming near the christmas islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. Always receiving more coverage, this article was published in the much acclaimed Week. Its makes me happy to see such popular and prestigious magazines covering issues such as this.
As plastic takes over our lives, it also invades the bodies of wild animals and fish. Whilst Albatrosses are fast dying out due to plastic consumption, it is not un-common for animals and fish alike to confuse plastic with prey. Bottle Caps, mini plastic soldiers can all resemble small fish to the predators eye. Whats worse, pellets/nurdles, infest the oceans consumed by all fish in the ocean. These pellets/nurdles are what make plastic. Tiny round pellets, barely 1 cm long are melted together to form our fantastic plastic. During transportation and fabrication of these pellets, they get spilt into see or washed down drains ending in our vast oceans. The invasion of the pellet has become so much, that it has been said by the UNEP (united nations environment programme) that we can longer claim that any fish, even if line caught, is organic due to the polluting nature of these small yet highly damaging pellets.
Its a sad how humans continue to damage the earth, not for the earth's sake, although that is sad, but she doesn't really care, more so because we are reducing our chances of survival on this planet. How stupid to damage and pollute that on which we so rely....
Published 8 May 2010.

A great photographer who successfully captures the albatrosses plastic insides also documents
the globalised rates of consumption. With powerful images, i'm not usually one for photography, but this guy, well, hits the nail on the head.

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