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You may have heard about eco warrior David de Rothschild’s brave escapade across the ocean over the past three months, kept afloat by 12,500 recycled plastic bottles(yes you heard that right). The daring attempt has been designed to draw attention to the systematic pollution and overfishing of oceans. After more than 100 days at sea on board the Plastiki (pictured), David has learned about both the power and fragility of the sea.
Attention is immediately drawn to the “eastern garbage patch”, a floating “continent” of debris. Millions upon millions of tiny fragments of plastic are suspended in the water and are showing little sign of disappearing. Indeed Plastiki has demonstrated just how durable modern plastic is; the pressurised bottles at its hull have barely been knocked out of shape by the 8,000 mile voyage across the ocean. What’s more, the UN Environment Programme suggests that plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds a year and more 100,000 marine mammals.
David’s incredible journey highlights the magnitude of the problem at hand and we all need to play our part in recovering the sea. This message needs to be communicated across all borders or we may well only be in the calm before the storm…