Break Free From Plastic..
When i first started documenting the plastic pollution crisis a couple of years ago, Just by snapping plastic washed up or floating on the ocean.. I really had no idea the UK would back the movement like it has.
Personally I believe this is mainly due to the work of Sir David Attenborough. His documentary Blue Planet showed first hand the level of devastation the plastic pollution crisis was having globally on various marine and wildlife species.
Images of birds feeding their young ones plastic.. whales dying with tons of internal plastic. The viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck up it's nose, it's nose bleeding and it's eyes wincing as divers tried to dislodge it. There are so many images ingrained into my memory but I think there is one image my mind draws back to it is the one of a sea horse holding onto a plastic cotton bud...
I know some conservationists don't like fuzzy happy talk. They imply you are almost living in a fantasy or out of touch with reality if you start talking "Hope". But I am a person of hope. I believe the only way forward is by innovation. And innovation doesn't need to be morbid, straight or tight lipped. Innovation is expressive.. exploratory and full of ambition.
Although I know we have major changes and challenges to overcome to clean up this mess we face, what makes me hopeful is seeing the sheer volume of people from all walks of life rallying together to put pressure on industry to demand change. Taking bold action and creating a change for future generations.
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