‘Sea Of Plastic’ Discovered In The Caribbean Stretches Miles And Is Choking Wildlife

How often do you use plastic? If you compare to the average consumer, you might answer “every day.” Yes, items that contain plastic are convenient — and cheap. But, the manmade material is wreaking havoc on our planet. Images captured last year off the Honduran island of Roatan by photographer Caroline Power illuminate this fact.


The photos that follow were taken off an idyllic island that is usually compared to paradise. In the past few years, however, this image has been ruined by a “sea of plastic.” Once, the waters were clear and icy blue. Now, they are congested and filled with pollution.


Powers and a dive team passed through the floating trash for “nearly five miles.” In one area, the “sea of plastic” was merely two miles wide. Some of the items they found include broken footballs, soda bottles, toothbrushes, an abandoned television, and shoes.


In an email, Powers noted that the country of Honduras is not solely to blame for the river of plastic near its shores. She pointed out that the average person in every country, worldwide, lives unsustainable and has learned to throw out goods which might be reused, sold, recycled, or refurbished. It’s a mindset that needs to change, and her photographs are helping consumers re-think their habits.

 

 

 
After snapping the images, Powers posted them to social media along with a plea for help:


“THIS HAS TO STOP. Think about your daily lives,” she wrote on Facebook. “How did you take your food to go last time you ate out? How was your last street food served?”

“Chances are it was styrofoam and served with a plastic fork and then put in a plastic bag. Do you still use plastic garbage bags?” Powers continued. “Plastic soda bottles? Ziplock bags? Plastic wrap on your food? Do you buy toilet paper that comes wrapped in plastic instead of paper? Do you put your fruit and veggies in produce bags at the grocery?”
 

 

 

 

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The activist’s primary objective is to raise awareness about the world’s polluted oceans. It is for this reason that she has foregone payment for the images and, instead, has asked news outlets and publications to donate to the Roatan Marine Park. “The Roatan Marine Park is our local non-profit organization that runs numerous conservation programs including an anti plastic campaign and environmental education programs,” she wrote in an email. Caroline also encourages readers of this story to donate to local non-profit organisations that combat plastic pollution and fight to protect marine life. 


“To see something that I care so deeply for being killed, slowly choked to death by human waste was devastating,” Powers told TheTelegraph. “This is a developed nation (first world) problem as well.”

Comments

  1. This is so very disturbing. I can not help but think what this world is going to be like in less than 100 years. This is very sad.

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  2. ...they need to send out recovery ships, gather it, melt it down for siding and shingles for homes. This would also save woodlands...

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  3. You see, we (The USA) were "addressing" this under every other president. How you may ask, we sold other countries our plastic waste and went to sleep. China told us they were recycling it and putting it to good use. Well they were doing this for a small portion of what they were buying. They only recycled what they could resell and the rest was dumped into the oceans. So the big question is why did all of these other presidents wash their hands of our trash by putting the responsibility on someone else? Why weren't more inspections, questions, etc. done to ensure this was not happening. This amount of garbage did not happen over the last couple of years. This is decades worth of trash. Why haven't measures been taken long before now?

    So now, as a distraction, everyone wants to scream the false narrative of Global Warming - oh but wait that WAS proven false. Let's call it Climate Change - after all it is true that we live on a planet with a forever changing climate. So yeah that narrative works - Climate Change. Climate Change. Climate Change is bad and humans are creating Climate Change. Yet we don't see one person (politician or otherwise) touting Climate Change giving up their air plane flights, vehicles. cows, electricity, and more to do their part in stopping Climate Change.

    And yet our ocean life suffers. :(

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    1. I agree completely that this is a BIG problem, and that everybody, from Presidents on down, has a hand in it.

      But this has NOTHING to do with AGW, which is, unlike what you claim, 100% NOT FALSE. But you are right that there is huge hypocrisy on many fronts, and we are unlikely do do anything, leaving our grandchildren to curse our name while they suffer from our stupidity.

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  4. We'll it's time the government step in and pass some laws on production of an alternative to plastic. That's the only way it will happen.

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    1. This polution issue floating here is not caused by the US citizens and even IF our trash was sold to China as mentioned in other comment, and they mishandled it, having bans and more strict regulations on the US citizens is and would be only harming citizens and will not help the problem floating near Honduras. Wealthy entrepreneurs, humanitarians, environmentalists etc should implement recycling or collection depots in countries that the waste is coming from.

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  5. All of the blaming, bitching and unproductive chatter is futile. Where do we donate to someone, any genuine organization that will work on gathering the sea of plastic and recycling it? There has to be a "flagship" effort.

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    1. Exactly ...the fact all this plastic has congregated together should aid in cleanup and recycling. The U.N., with the assistance of NOAH, should spearhead a financial drive to accomplish this.

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  6. the world leaders are too busy hoarding trillions of dollars for their own personal profit - none of them will be around for another 20 years - max - what do they care? Elon Musk is spending billions on flying people to Mars, but can't round up the Uber Rich and build an electric ship to circle the globe and retrieve this plastic horror show.

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  7. fishermen I lived in Okinawa everyday there was lots of plastic stuff in the water. FISHERMEN the people who make there living from the sea. If you go to a fishing port do you sea any garbage being taken off of the fishing boats?? probably not,

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