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Oceans of plastic trash….. Part 2

A number of years ago I did a post about the plastic trash in the oceans, after seeing a disturbing trailer for a film that was being made about one of the most remote islands in the world, Midway Atoll.Midway Journey movieAs live aboard global cruisers, we have seen a massive increase in the amount of trash that washes up on deserted beaches in our 15 years sailing around the world.

The point of this post is to bring together links to a number of organisations and initiatives and even individuals, who are taking action to change this and work towards cleaning up our planet and in particular, becoming plastic free. PlasticFreeJuly-org logo banner 600ppi
This month is Plastic Free July and whilst any effort to increase awareness and encourage us all to take action, is great, let’s not make it simply JULY. Let’s keep on keeping on through each and every month of each and every year :) Here are some suggestions for living Plastic Free


Please take a moment to read through some of these links and support these initiatives and share them. And let us know if you have other links we can add to this list, as I know there are many, many campaigns taking place, which need to be shared. Thank you!

  • A wonderful story here by a diver who helped to save this turtle’s life
  • Unfortunately that is not the case for huge numbers of turtles
  • Sadly this whale didn’t receive the help it needed
  • The relentless impact of plastic waste on one of the most remote islands in the Pacific….
  • More plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050 if we do not take action now!
  • Sea turtles can’t tell the difference
  • Nothing that we use for 5 minutes should pollute our oceans for 500 years
  • Plastic Pollution Coalition: Refuse single use plastic bags

Let’s really consider the impact OUR waste has on our oceans and our world.

The list can and should go on and on until we are ALL not only aware but part of the Plastic Revolution to make our world PLASTIC FREE. Please send us your links so we can add them to this post. Thank you!

Oceans of plastic trash…..

The other day we came across a disturbing movie trailer, which we would like to share in the hope of raising awareness, about the impact of trash that ends up in the ocean.

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The movie, due to be released later this year, tells the devastating story of how trash that ends up floating in the ocean is responsible for the death of thousands of baby albatrosses thousands of miles away across the Pacific Ocean.

This statement on their website http://www.midwayjourney.com/ says it all:

“On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch.”

We urge you to watch this trailer and look out for the movie when it is released. AND be aware of where you dump your trash!

On our own travels across the Indian Ocean, around east and southern Africa and now the Caribbean, we are always astounded when we arrive at remote, uninhabited islands, only to find plastic & glass bottles, flip flops and other debris.

Here is a photo taken in October at Chacachacare, an uninhabited island off the north-west point of Trinidad. Unfortunately, due to it’s location, rubbish that swirls around the Gulf of Paria seems to end up on these beaches.

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Back in 2008, on our way back from Madagascar to Tanzania, we stopped off at this stunning island miles from anywhere and found a computer monitor washed up on the beach! On the same island was a large population of nesting boobies and terns.

2008 Iles Glorieuses

The photos  below show three of the Indian Ocean islands, we have visited, with large bird populations.

We were fortunate to be involved with a research charter to the Aldabra/ Cosmoledo Atolls back in November 2002, as part of a joint project between Kalmar University of Sweden and the Seychelles Island Foundation.

Then in December 2005, we took part in another study on Latham Island, just off the Tanzanian coast.

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Latham Island, 40NM off coast of Tanzania 2008 Iles Glorieuses birdlife