Mesmerizing Video Of Hawaii Beach Sand Reveals Unsettling Reality

Posted In Inform, Pollution
Apr
10

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Plastic pollution, Hawaii.
“The unprecedented plastic waste tide plaguing our oceans and shores, can become as limited as our chosen relationship with plastics, which involves a dramatic behavioral change on our part…”
Captions and Photo: © SAF — Coastal Care

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It’s easy to appreciate the beauty of a beach in Hawaii, with its electric blue waters lapping over a coast of golden sand. But hidden in plain sight is a devastating reality that nonprofit Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii captured in a video.

During a recent beach clean up in Kailua on the island of Oahu, the group used a sand sifter to rid the sand of trash and plastic pollution. They filmed the slow-motion video below of the sifter in action to show people just how much harmful debris sits within the sand…

Read Full Article And Watch Video, Huffington Green (04-08-2017)

Hawaii has a serious trash problem — and it’s coming on ocean waves; CNN (06-03-2016)
The Hawaiian archipelago is in trash trouble. Vast amounts of trash have been washing ashore on the state’s once-pristine beaches…

NOAA Removed 57 Tons of Marine Debris from Northwestern Hawaiian Islands; NOAA (11-12-2014)
A team of 17 NOAA divers sailing aboard NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette has returned from a 33-day mission to remove marine debris from Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, a World Heritage Site and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world…

A Real Monster: Marine Debris, NOAA
Each year, more than 50 tons (about the weight of a dozen elephants) of marine debris washes up on the shores within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Since this protected area is very remote (more than a thousand miles from any major city) and mostly uninhabited by humans, all of this garbage is coming from somewhere else!

EPA Investigates Plastic Pollution on Hawaiian Beaches; LiveScience (11-22-2013)

“Midway.” A Love Story for our Time from the Heart of the Pacific”—By Chris Jordan, Midway Film; (04-01-2015)
A shocking film from Midway Island in the North Pacific Ocean, by Midway Film.

Plastic Pollution / When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care
“The unprecedented plastic waste tide plaguing our oceans and shores, can become as limited as our chosen relationship with plastics, which involves a dramatic behavioral change on our part…”

UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic, UNEP (02-23-2017)

Chris Jordan Photography
“© Midway: Message from the Gyre (2009),” from the Midway Series. Photograph courtesy of © Chris Jordan for Coastal Care’s Photo Of The Month, August 2010.
“When plastic ingestion occurs, it blocks the digestive tract, gets lodged in animals windpipes cutting airflow causing suffocation, or fills the stomach, resulting in malnutrition, starvation and potentially death. Indeed, it is found that debris often accumulates in the animals’ gut and give a false sense of fullness, causing the animal to stop eating and slowly starve to death.” —Captions: © SAF — Coastal Care

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