MIDWAY-This Film Should Be Seen By The Entire World!

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The Chris Jordan Midway film project (Journey to Midway) focuses on the atoll of Midway, which sits in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, 2000 miles from the nearest continent.  The atoll is inhabited only by birds, but is more famously known for the all-important World War II naval battle which dealt a crippling blow to the Japanese Navy.

In this touching trailer for the project, the reasoning behind the Chris Jordan Midway film project becomes evident.  Though birdlife is prolific on the atoll, its large colonies of albatross are the most notable and appear to be the focus of the film’s implied accusation of human indifference with regard to non-degradable plastic waste.

Of the 21 species of albatross, 19 are currently threatened with extinction.  A Marine Environmental Research report reveals that ingestion of plastic flotsam is a problem faced by many seabirds. The amount of plastic in the seas has increased dramatically since the first record in the 1960s, coming from waste discarded by ships, offshore dumping, litter on beaches, and waste washed to sea by rivers. It is impossible for seabirds to digest and takes up space in the stomach that should be used for food, or can cause an obstruction that forces the bird to starve. Studies of birds in the North Pacific have shown that ingestion of plastics results in declining body weight and condition. The plastic is often regurgitated and fed to chicks, which reduces the young birds’ ability to eat enough for survival.

Albatross, primarily scavengers but also live fishers, are just doing what they do – scavenging “waste” as part of the extremely important “Earth clean-up crew.”  The birds cannot distinguish between floating food and floating plastic waste. Of course, neither can their young.

Trailer for the Midway Film Project: “Message from the Gyre”

It is impossible to watch this short trailer taken from the Midway film project and not feel that human “evolution” is perhaps not so advanced as we are led to believe.

There are millions of tons of plastics present in our oceans, and these are constantly fragmenting into smaller and smaller pieces which are scattered throughout the water column and present, in different densities, throughout all the worlds oceans.
Contrary to what many people believe, there are no visible islands of trash anywhere –even if some areas, the gyres, accumulate higher densities of plastic pollution. In actuality, what is happening is much more complex and scary: our oceans are becoming a planetary soup laced with plastic.

To make thing worse, these tiny pieces of plastic are extremely powerful chemical accumulators for organic persistent pollutants present in ambient sea water such as DDE’s and PCB’s. The whole food chain, from filtering invertebrates to marine mammals are eating plastic and /or other animals who have plastic in them. This means that we are. Like the albatrosses on Midway, we carry the garbage patch inside of us.

Cleaning up this mess is not feasible, technically or economically. Even if all the boats in the world were put to the task somehow, the cleanup would not only remove the plastics but also the plankton, which is the base of the food chain, and is responsible for capturing half of the CO2 of our atmosphere and generating half of the oxygen we need to breathe.

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But even if this problem was solved too somehow, the amount of plastic that we could capture, at an immense cost, would be a drop in the bucket as compared to the amount that flows into the ocean every day.

No matter how hard we push, in terms of technology or money, the boulder will be rolling back down the hill, throughout eternity, unless we stop putting more plastics into our environment.

The good news is that we can do this. We can do this now. We need to start a social movement that spreads virally and creates a critical mass of concerned citizens who pledge to move away from our disposable habits, and who raise their voice to reject and reverse a throwaway culture that might be profitable, but whose consequences are intolerable.

 

                                Plastic Beach – Midway

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CREDIT: MidwayJourney.com & MidwayFilm.com

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