‘Invisible Dust Recommends’ #5
Our upcoming exhibition; ‘Offshore: artists explore the sea’ examines humanities various relationships with the sea. Humans have used the sea as a livelihood, for transport and for its natural resources for thousands of years – however the modern era has seen us seriously damage the oceans that make up 71% of our earth. Along with oil spills and over-fishing, plastic pollution has become a major issue for the health of the oceans.
A terrifying statement was issued by The World Economic Forum, that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. That is a statement that isn’t made lightly and considering how large the oceans are its a truly horrifying realisation at how much rubbish (mostly non-biodegradable plastic) there really is in our seas.
A pdf of their statement is available in this Al-Jazeera article
While we must face up to these issues in order to deal with them, there is no use simply posting doom & gloom, solutions need to be found and spread to the public because its our consumption that is causing a lot of these issues, this article from environmental lawyers NRDC is worth a read.
Although, industry and the commercial world needs to be held accountable, much like the plastic bag tax, to stop flooding the market with unsustainable, disposable plastics. There have been petitions to ban various plastics from the market, some have been successful like those for microbeads which will begin to be banned from 2017. This petition on Change.org asks Andrea Leadsom to act on non recyclable cups which makes up a significant proportion of waste.