A ‘planetary crisis’: Plastic in our oceans

 

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A still from Blue Planet IIย 

As a lover of David Attenborough and his productions, I commend his latest Blue Planet jaw-dropper in opening people’s eyes to the wonders of the ocean. However, one cannot ignore the fact that it’s well-intended message to defend our oceans might be sadly lost to some within it’s beautiful, hallucinogenic imagery. Of course, I cannot deny that these images and God-like voice that accompanies them presents a powerful message about the detrimental impact us humans are having. Yet, do they not simply become another powerful entertainment piece more than anything?

Amongst the craze around BBC’s beautiful imagery, it’s quite clear that there’s an important message coming to the fore through social media platforms regarding the state of our oceans. These messages are coming from celebrities, political figures, the UN and the like. Just scroll through Facebook and they pop up. Likely encouraged by Attenborough’s latest message, more than anything there’s a focus on the detrimental effects of plastic, a true ‘planetary crisis’. So, here is my message to you – a quick reminder, reiteration and contribution to drive this point home that society needs a change in behaviour to deal with the plastic problem…

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Conservation

Why?

Although I do enjoy the old spot of casual travel, I often feel rather too vagrant simply interacting with everything new in the world without having a particular purpose (other than trying to learn more about my curious self…aren’t we supposed to?).ย One of the best ways I have been able to do this is by taking part in conservation — above and below the ground.

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