A Plastic Ocean brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turns out to be untrue. The result will astound viewers–just as it did the adventurers–who captured never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health.
It is estimated that 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enter the seas every year and it’s accumulating. Large pieces of plastic break-up into smaller pieces called micro-plastic which enter the food-chain. Discarded ‘Ghost’ fishing nets drift through oceans snaring everything in their path. Disposable wrap, bottles and packaging used on average for just 12 minutes will last a lifetime, even longer, littering the seabed, surface & coast.
Unlike other environmental issues such as climate change, genetically modified organisms or air-pollution the plastic ‘problem’ is plain to see. Thanks to social media and campaign organisations, local actions such as beach cleans have become popular activities in Dorset. The Blue Planet effect has sustained interest in the issue with barely a day passing by without Plastics being mentioned in the news.
During its four-year production period, A Plastic Ocean was filmed in 20 locations around the world. Using BBC & National Geographic film crews to document the global effects of plastic pollution–and introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better.