The dependence on single-use disposable items, particularly plastic, is contributing to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, says Australian environmentalist Tim Silverwood.
It’s a floating ‘island’ of trash in the North Pacific Ocean and, in 2011, Silverwood spent three weeks sailing from Hawaii to Vancouver to document and research the gigantic plastic soup with a team of scientists, activists and filmmakers.
As Hawaii sits in the middle of the North Pacific Gyre, Silverwood says it receives ‘a daily dose of trash from the sea’.
Relentless conveyor belt
‘It is literally deposited like a relentless conveyor belt on the windward facing beaches on every tide, swell and storm.’ He also says that the North Pacific Gyre is not unique; five major oceanic gyres in the major oceans of the world all contain high concentrations of plastic.
Fast-forward to 2014, and Silverwood is again on mission, this time raising awareness of the impacts of plastic pollution on oceans and wildlife with a month-long sail from Brisbane to Sydney.
Along with Ocean Ambassadors captain and Canadian adventurer Adrian Midwood, he plans to visit Byron Bay on January 11 as one of 15 community stopovers.
He says, ‘For the Byron Bay events we have teamed up with Positive Change for Marine Life, the Nude Your Food collective and Byron Shire Council to host a community beach clean-up at Main Beach followed by a free screening of the award-winning documentary Trashed, featuring Jeremy Irons, and a presentation at Pighouse Flicks.’
The beach clean-up is on Saturday January 11 at 3pm, followed by Trashed at Pighouse Flicks at 6.30pm. A discussion with Silverwood and Midwood will follow.
See more at take3.org.au.