Ben Fogle discusses the curse of ocean plastic in Geographical – the Official Magazine of the Royal Geographical Society.
Spending time on the ocean can be a deeply cathartic experience. Being by the sea is the perfect tonic to the relentless stresses and strains of modern life. Our oceans are our escape. They soothe the soul. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend hour after hour exploring the ocean in all four corners of the world. In 2005, I spent almost 50 days at sea rowing across the Atlantic with Olympian James Cracknell. Last year, I was dispatched to the Indian Ocean ahead of a documentary about the secrets of the sea. On both occasions, the ocean vista was wondrously majestic. But lurking underneath the surface lay the evidence of an inconvenient truth that no-one wants to acknowledge. Plastic. Reams and reams of plastic.
The great consumer engine of the West must shoulder a sizable chunk of the blame for the mess we are in. Since throwaway packaging became a mainstay of the UK food and drink industry in the 1950s, we have been hooked on the pseudo-convenience that plastic provides. We devour plastic without a care in the world.
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