Studio Olafur Eliasson
Even a tiny Q tip has an enormous effect on life. This heartbreaking photo reveals a troubling reality. The onslaught of marine plastic waste is a slow-motion catastrophe. Marine plastic debris is a real threat to our health. We have seen results of research showing that fish and shellfish from many parts of the world consumed plastic and micro plastic. The photo was shot by Justin Hofman off the coast of Indonesia, the world’s second largest producers of ocean plastic waste. “This photo serves
What Goes In The Ocean Goes In You
Disturbing poster from the Surfrider Foundation makes the effects of plastics in the ocean real. Recent studies estimate that fish off the west coast ingest over 12,000 TONS of plastic a year! We need to all do our part to reduce & reuse. What goes in the ocean goes in you.
In our Plastic Ocean exhibit, more than 20,000 plastic waste collected hang motionless in the stillness of the space. The installation reflects an ocean that is highly cluttered with plastic that takes 1,000 years to degrade. If we humans have already produced more plastic within the past ten years than the whole of the last century, will this plastic ocean be a micromicrocosm of the future state of our waters? – Installation by Tan Zi Xi , MessyMsxi
Plastics are now one of the most common pollutants of ocean waters worldwide - they biodegrade exceptionally slowly, breaking into tiny fragments in a centuries-long process; entangle, suffocate, or starve millions of sea creatures (hundreds of species mistake plastics for their natural food); and even add to the amount of synthetic chemicals unknown before 1950 that we now carry in our own bodies.