Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific may not be totally unheard of, but it is something that many people are still simply not aware of. The place is called Midway Atoll in the Pacific, and it can be identified as definitely alarming as the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific concerns everyone in the world, and each one of us may unknowingly have contributed to it.
The Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific may be unknown to many people, but it's a part of the ocean where its currents apparently form a giant whirl pool of debris from around the Pacific. The scientific term for the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific is the North Pacific Gyre.
The Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific is one of the largest ecosystems on Earth and it is composed of millions of square kilometres. Currently, the size of the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific is the area of Queensland, Australia. The Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific is now composed of approximately one million tonnes of plastic spread throughout the ocean.
While high amount of litter items can be found in the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific, much of the rubble is actually small pieces of floating plastic which aren't as immediately visible to the naked eye. The debris is incessantly mixed through the winds and waves.
In a documentation of Photographer Chris Jordan, he said of the experience in the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific:
"I had been studying for quite a while the phenomenon called the Pacific garbage patch. I was looking for a way to visualize it, it was really surreal to land on Midway, seeing that my worst hopes of what I would find there are true. These are all albatross chicks, hatched out of their eggs and the very first meal they got was deadly to them. What happens is, when the eggs hatch one of the parents goes out and flies looking for food. They search over this vast area of the pacific and when they come back with is a belly full of toxic plastics, and they feed that to their babies. They die of starvation, malnutrition and chocking. Simply allow yourself to feel whatever it is you feel about this, without jumping to the way to solve it. Because I think we really need to feel these things, even if the feelings are uncomfortable, because those are the feelings that will turn into the fuel and drive passionate action."
Apart from the documentation of Photographer Chris Jordan, there is also a film made of the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific called 'Plastic Paradise', as featured in the website here. The film has garnered countless awards from film festivals all over the world.
In hopes of opening the eyes of the public to this horrific phenomenon, the film on the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific features the island thousands of miles from civilization, yet completely littered with plastics from three distant continents in the world. The film is an independent documentary film by journalist / filmmaker Angela Sun in hopes of trying to discover how the strange Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific came to be. Throughout the making of the film, Sun was able to encounter people - scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers - who help her shed light on the problem of plastic in the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific, and how it affects the world.
Actually, the film 'Plastic Paradise' featuring the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific isn't the only video where one can see unbelievable images of the state of plastic consumption of the human race. Seeing just one of these videos may ignite the desire of the public to contribute to much-needed change and action.
Manmade garbage does not belong in our oceans. In the end, it is in our hands to bring back our oceans to their natural state. The damage caused by the plastic in the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific is made by man, and it is something only man can solve.
Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific problem may be hard to imagine as solved, but there is much that can be done to alleviate the dire situation. Support of eco-friendly products, stopping wasteful habits, and creating awareness are just some ways to help stop the wasteful and unnecessary plastic consumption.
To watch the documentation of photographer Chris Jordan, see video below.
You can also catch a glimpse of the 'Plastic Paradise' film in the trailer below.
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