Dead Plastic Oceans seems a very negative and extreme title but I am fed up of trying to sugar coat environmental issues. Today I read an article about Ivan MacFadyen a yachtsman who recently sailed from Australia to Japan and was horrified by the lack of sealife and the amount of rubbish in the seas compared to when he sailed the same route 10 years ago. Read the full Guardian article here, Yachtsman describes horror at ‘dead’, rubbish strewn Pacific Ocean.
Ivan MacFadyen told of his horror at the severe lack of marine life and copious amounts of rubbish witnessed on a yacht race between Melbourne and Osaka. He recently returned from the trip, which he previously completed 10 years ago.
“In 2003, I caught a fish every day,” he told Guardian Australia. “Ten years later to the day, sailing almost exactly the same course, I caught nothing. It started to strike me the closer we got to Japan that the ocean was dead.
“Normally when you are sailing a yacht, there are one or two pods of dolphins playing by the boat, or sharks, or turtles or whales. There are usually birds feeding by the boat. But there was none of that. I’ve been sailing for 35 years and it’s only when these things aren’t there that you notice them.
Here is a video showing the amount of plastic waste along the remote Alaskan coast.
So for a problem to be solved more people need to know about the problem, to enable people to take responsibilty and then take action. Your choices are do you take no responsibility and wait for scientists and the government to sort the problem. Or do you share this post with your friends and followers to make more people aware. Or do you share this and take action to change your reliance on plastics. My next post will be about simple actions you can take to reduce your plastic useage.
Here is a video that might fill you with hope that this problem can be solved, an 18 year olds possible solution to the problem of plastic waste in the oceans.
Please leave a comment below. Did you know about the plastic polluting the seas? Do you care?