An astonishing new video filmed during an Oceanic Society Expedition from Bali to Komodo Island, Indonesia aims to draw attention to the growing problem of ocean plastic pollution and to encourage people to take action to reduce the use of single-use plastic.
The video, which was produced by Oceanic Society partner Plastic Pollution Coalition, captures the paradoxical reality that an increasing number of travelers face as they explore the world’s oceans. Remote and beautiful areas, like Indonesia’s coral reefs that harbor some of Earth’s greatest biodiversity, are also home to an increasing amount of plastic waste. As conservation photographer and Oceanic Society naturalist Pete Oxford simply states, “In the Western world we say, ‘just throw it away.’ There is no away. It goes somewhere, and this is where it’s going.”
As the expedition team of artists, scientists, photographers, conservationists, tourists, and students traveled from Bali to Komodo Island, they investigated the impacts of plastic pollution on ecotourism and on communities along the way. At the conclusion of the trip, the group signed a commitment to work together to “change our individual behavior and the behavior of society, to drive global systemic change, and to eliminate plastic pollution worldwide.”
Oceanic Society encourages people to get involved by taking action to reduce ocean plastic pollution today.