Greenpeace has long been known for their big, unique, and impossible to overlook actions that help raise awareness for burning environmental issues. This time, what they did, or rather what they made and released for us to see, is very literally impossible to miss because of its sheer size.
Greenpeace Spain has created several huge models of common disposable plastic items – some of them are over an impressive 39 feet long! The models were then released into the sea off the Balearic Islands to raise awareness for growing plastic pollution, especially in our oceans.
Among the giant models of plastic everyday-use items, are bottles, bottle caps, styrofoam cups, and straws. Together with those, the team also placed a straightforward banner reading “#NoPlastic.” The organization writes on their Facebook page that they especially want to draw attention to the plastic pollution problem in the Mediterranean, where it is particularly dire. As Greenpeace emphasizes, the idea behind the project is to make the plastic that we do not see in the oceans visible for everyone.
Every year, we globally produce as much as 300 million tons of plastic and dump around 8.8 million tons of it into the oceans. Especially nowadays, it is easy to disconnect our everyday actions, like buying a soda in a non-biodegradable plastic bottle, from the critical issue of pollution and how these items are pushing countless species to the verge of extinction. But the connection is there and is indisputable – and actions like this one are desperately needed to help us see how small choices in our everyday lives add up.
To learn how to minimize your own use of dangerous plastics and live more consciously – for the planet and for us all – check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!
Image source: Greenpeace España/Facebook