This week we have brought three posts to you on the issue of ocean plastic pollution, please don’t get overwhelmed, think of it this way – how fortunate for the ocean that plastic pollution is finally on the world’s radar and has become a pressing global issue.

David-Attenborough-on-the-Great-Barrier-Reef-9-c-Atlantic-Productions blue planet IISir David Attenborough who first brought you the award-winning series Blue Planet sixteen years ago, has now produced a sequel Blue Planet II that will focus on the changes that our oceans are now undergoing.

While Attenborough and his team were filming the series they witnessed innumerable examples of how plastic pollution is effecting marine life, like seabirds feeding their chicks scraps of plastic.

 

“There is a shot of the young being fed and what comes out of the beak of the adult? Not sand eels, not fish, and not squid, which is what they mostly eat, but plastic. It’s heartbreaking. Heartbreaking” said Attenborough.

 

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Blue Ocean II is coming soon on BBC, Make Sure To Tune In

“Coming from one of the world’s greatest living naturalists, Attenborough’s words should be a wake-up call for governments and corporations that we need real action now to stop plastic waste choking our seas,” said Louise Edge of Greenpeace. (photo – Kris Krug)

“With a truckload of plastic being dumped in our oceans every minute, this has now become a global environmental crisis stretching from the Arctic shores to remote islands in the South Pacific and Britain’s own coastline,” Louise adds. See: Thousands of Miles Away Is Not Far Enough To Escape Plastic Pollution.

by Bob Frerck, Blue Ocean Network

 

See these additional, related Blue Ocean Posts on Plastic Pollution:

Plastic Pollution is Bad News for Filter Feeders!
Our Plastic Ocean
Does Your Coffee Cup Take 30 Years to Break Down?
UN Environment Declares War on Ocean Plastic
The Ocean Bottle brings attention to our Daily Plastic Waste
Microfiber Pollution from THE STORY OF STUFF
An Action Agenda to Clean-Up Our Ocean
Polluting Plastics Ban, Good News from Davos
Take the No Plastic Straw Please Pledge

 

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