Plastic Pollution Present on Easter Island’s Beaches

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


“A peak of wind over 40 knots (a lot) rocked us out of the South Pacific and we finally reached Easter Island, the end point of our trip with the 5 Gyres project exploring plastic pollution in the ocean.

Our arrival to one of the world’s most isolated pieces of habitable land (2,000 miles from the nearest continent and 1,400 miles from the nearest habitable island) was not without glamour: our boat anchored in Anakena, the kind of white sand turquoise water beach that populates desktop wallpapers.

Nevertheless, it wasn’t long before we started to see the effects of ancient and current human impact in this amazing place…

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