Welcome to Episode Seven! One of many issues that breaks our hearts is after we see tonnes of plastic garbage and air pollution washing up on the idyllic seashores right here in Vanuatu. It’s not at all times garbage from this island, it is available in via the gulf streams from many various international locations. We meet Arlene. She and her husband packed up their lives and moved to Vanuatu to assist with the cleanup after Cyclone Pam in 2015.
Since then, they’ve been residing a easy way of life right here, working, browsing and turning into obsessed with something to do with ocean cleanups. James, Laurentine, Hugo, and Rangi be a part of her on Honeymoon Seashore, a distant seaside in the course of nowhere that’s nonetheless not proof against the pressures of plastic air pollution, to participate in a seaside clear up.
Arlene, an ocean-lover and surfer, observed a rise of plastic, particularly of small items which have devastating results on animals and their habitats. She believes this confronting actuality has inspired her to take accountability for her personal makes use of – selecting up plastic received’t be an answer to the issue, however each little bit helps. Not solely is consumption at an all-time excessive, however the recycling techniques are failing the environment.
Typically folks consider they’re doing the suitable factor by throwing plastic within the bin, Arlene says, however a poorly-placed landfill will see all of it blowing into the ocean. In our brief time on the seaside, we discover every thing from the soles of sneakers to a kitchen sink – and it’s heartbreaking. We must be discovering coconuts on our seashores, not another person’s trash. A few of this trash comes from so far as China!
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