Plastics and Pollution

There must be something out of sight somewhere pushing this issue.  Last week I saw an interesting exhibition in a shop front gallery just south of the bottom of Trafalgar Street.  The place is called ONCA and you can see there plastic beach litter exhibition on-line at www.onca.org.uk .  Just the week before I was greatly impressed by a film show set up by Cat Fletcher.  The film was called Trashed and is presented by Jeremy Irons. It explored the many issues behind plastic waste and plastics incineration.  See a bit of it at www.trashedfilm.com.  The ocean impact of plastics, even when they have broken down to tiny sub-millimetre sizes, is still huge, because they attract toxic organic molecules.  A Talk Ted presentation is great at showing this and more.

Two years ago I spent a working holiday in Cornwall helping collect and remove litter from beaches in Roseland.  We found a gannet that died following its entanglement in plastic fishing net.

Found dead on the Roseland peninsula, tangled up until too tied to feed and fly

Found dead on the Roseland peninsula, tangled up until too tied to feed and fly

More recently I saw what seemed like an interesting bit of art outside a gallery in Enniskillen.  It was made from found waste, but I’m not sure what I think of it now.  Guess I’m glad those bits of rope are removed from the environment.

A landscape perhaps, made from lengths of rope washed ashore

A landscape perhaps, made from lengths of rope washed ashore

Then today I get a link to another bit of film, shot on Midway Island – a long way from human settlement, but not our detritus.  Loads of dead birds, rotted away to reveal guts full of plastic bottle tops and the like.  This is the same issue addressed in the Talk Ted film, but more graphic, as we see scores of dead birds.

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