The Alaskan coastline is one of the most stunning environments on earth. It’s a geographic landscape that lives up to its billing as “The Last Frontier.” Remote mountains rise from the sea and the wildlife is teaming, but looks can be deceiving.
Plastic garbage continually washes up on the beaches, chokes wildlife, and litters the ecosystem.
On June 6th– 13th 2013 the Alaska SeaLife Center sent out a team of scientists, artists, and filmmakers to document the increasing amount of plastic garbage washing up in this “pristine” environment.
Scientists have been trying to warn the public about how the North Pacific Gyre, a system of oceanic currents, routinely spews out discarded lighters, plastic bottles, shredded fishing nets, and other detritus into this world-class ecosystem.
Now, artists are taking a crack at it.
They call it the Gyre Expedition. And their intent is to turn oceanic pollution from an abstract issue into an emotional issue by creating art with the trash they find on the beaches.
What do you think? Does Alaska’s plastic ocean concern you?
You can watch the full video on National Geographic’s website.