A month ago I posted about Picking Up Plastic, encouraging everyone to clean up the rubbish they see before it finds its way in to the oceans, where it become deadly. Here is a photo of some we have collected in the last two days, on the same beach where we found all the pumice washed ashore.
The remains of coloured plastic balloons are ever present, perhaps that might encourage you to think twice before buying a helium filled balloon that will float off out of sight and land in the ocean. Fisherman’s plastic bait packets are common, as is plastic rope and fishing line. This pile includes a flipper and a boot, a tennis ball and a bait basket. Just when I feel that we are helpless to clean up the oceans a good news story comes along. A brilliant young Dutchman called Boyan Slat has an idea that is undergoing a feasibility study for a relatively simple and economic way to remove plastic from the ocean gyres. He anticipates that we could clean up the plastic in only five years! So if you care about the ocean and the food chain that ends up with us, have a look at his 11 minute TEDx talk, or check out his website. You may be able to help with funding the study and make it a reality.
Meanwhile do keep on picking up what you can, and blog about it to raise awareness around the world!