Ocean of plastic in birds

Warning..the pictures that follow aren’t pretty. But then , neither is what we humans are doing to this planet.

These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September, 2009, on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world’s most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

~chrisjordan, Seattle, October 2009

Routine , everyday plastic product purchases that take the life of other species . The problem of premature death due to ingestion of plastic products is not limited to birds . Animals , marine life all suffer the consequences of human choices.

We need to drop the ‘what can I do’ line of thought and the consequent inaction / status quo . The oceans did not turn into landfills by the single act of one person . It has become so by the daily choices of millions of consumers and businesses.

Pl choose to reduce plastic in whichever way you can .

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