UN Patron of the Wilderness Ben Fogle calls for a Plastic Free Aisle in the Huffington Post.
Throughout my travels across the globe I’ve seen my fair share of vistas that take your breath away. Different landscapes are special for different reasons. But some places just stand out above all the rest. New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island has to be up there as one of the Earth’s most mesmerisingly beautiful places.
It is, to a certain extent, removed from modern civilization. The residents are responsible for supplying their own power using solar, wind or gas energy and tourists will struggle to find a local ATM or bank. The refreshingly tranquil island, affectionately called ‘the barrier’ by locals, is covered in forest, hosts soothing hot springs and boasts almost implausibly idyllic beaches.
While the island secludes itself away from the franticness of modern life, there is one thing it cannot escape – the insidious plastic pollution of the world’s oceans. Earlier this year a man collected eight bin bags of plastic which had been cast ashore on one of its beautiful beaches.
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