As I walk along the beach here, I am horrified at the amount of plastic that is all along the high tide line. We have a very long beach, miles and miles of beautiful white sands but the high tide mark is a multicoloured mix of discarded plastic and other rubbish, way more than I or even a dedicated team of people could clear away and every high tide brings more.
Being a fishing area, we do get a lot of discarded fishing material, nets, polystyrene (used in floats etc) and masses of nylon rope but the rubbish that washes up on the beach doesn’t just come from the fishermen or us locals, it comes up the coast from the rest of Brazil and from all over the world. I’ve found tins from France, odd brand new shoes, every type and size of container imaginable, flourescent light tubes, medicines etc and much of this would appear to have come off ships, but then there is also all sorts of household waste from flip flops to shavers to toothbrushes to toys which could have floated here from anywhere.
Depending on the tide the rubbish is sometimes all over the beach, what doesn’t reach the high tide mark will be washed back out to sea, but for me, out of sight is not out of mind. How can it be when we see sights like these, I can’t prove the turtles died from eating plastic but it is a highly probable cause of death and you can clearly see how the dolphins died.
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It is no good complaining that “Someone needs to do something” that someone is us!
Yes we need to take out the plastic that is in the oceans but that is a task for which we do not as yet, and may never have a simple sollution. We need to stop putting the rubbish in there in the first place and that means all of us have to cut down on our consumption of plastic, whether we live by an ocean or not.
The following is a film by Motion graphic artist Andreas Tanner, he uses 3D animation to show the production of plastics, our over dependence on the stuff, its breakdown in the oceans, the risks it poses to the creatures who live in the seas and ultimately the risks to us. To find out more about Andreas Tanner’s project It’s a Plastic World click on the link, there you will also find a substantial list of recommended websites for further information.
Please like and share the film, the more people understand the seriousness of the situation the more people will think about the rubbish they so casually throw away and hopefully enough people will change their habits to make the above photos a thing of the past.