Midway, message from the Gyre - by Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan, art photographer, tries to show the consequences of mass consumption in his pictures. The small island archipelago of Midway, halfway between the USA and Asia, in the northern part of the Pacific Ocean, harbours a nesting place of albatrosses (sea-gulls). This group of islands lies at least 3,000 km from any continent but is located in the middle of the 'Gyre,' one of the five large vortexes or circular ocean currents. In this vortex, plastic and small plastic particles float, hover and dangle forever. On these islands you will find carcasses of albatrosses and their young that clearly show the cause of their deaths: plastic in their stomachs. In Chris Jordan's photos not one piece of plastic was shifted, added, turned or moved in any way.
Watch these poignant pictures.
Movie: Midway, Message from the Gyre by Chris Jordan
Message in the waves - by Morgan Hoestery
The mountain of waste resulting from mass consumption of non-organic materials such as all kinds of plastics, will leave an "unbearable stamp" on the coming centuries. We must stop using and discarding plastic. Eighty percent of plastics in the ocean end up there because of plastic that flew off the land or was washed away from highways and cities and travelled by rivers to end up in the oceans all over the world. Ninety percent of waste in the oceans is made up of plastics. ENEP calculated in 2006 that 18,000 pieces of plastic are floating in or on every km² of ocean (or 46,000 pieces of plastic per mile²). Today, this might already be many times more.
Movie: Message in the waves - by Morgan Hoestery
Six times more plastic than plankton in the oceans - by Algalita.
Algalita Marine Research Foundation made a film about plastic in the open oceans, called The Synthetic Sea – the world’s biggest garbage dump: plastic in the Ocean. According to their tests, there may be six times more pieces of plastic floating around in the oceans than plankton. More and more plastic is floating in the oceans and fewer and fewer fish.
Movie: Six times more plastic than plankton in the oceans - by Algalita.