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South Pacific Island Uninhabited for 600 Years is Now Drowning in Plastic

Where did all these plastic waste come from?

Imagine a lovely day by the beach – you’re away from the noise of the city streets, away from your demanding job, away from all the stress. You eat a hearty lunch and spend a fun day with your family. But wait, you forget to bring an extra trash bag for your trash and you think, “Hey, no problem, the ocean’s a few feet away.” So you throw the rest of the rubbish in the ocean while no one else was looking.

The thing is, have you ever thought about how far the trash that you throw can go? If you haven’t given that idea a considerable amount of thought, then let allow us to provide you some information.

Take a look at Henderson Island, a small piece of land located in the South Pacific. Judging by the photo and by just looking at all the rubbish that are scattered in the sand, you might believe that it is only a short distance away from the city. You wouldn’t even guess that it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. But looks, indeed, can be deceiving.

Henderson Island is uninhabited, but it is filled with garbage.

Located more than 5000 kilometers or 3000 miles from New Zealand, Henderson Island is one of the most remote places in the world. Nobody has lived on the island for about 600 years, and Pitcairn, the nearest inhabited island with a total population of 56, is located approximately 193 kilometers or 120 miles away.

In a study conducted by Dr. Jennifer Lavers from the University of Tasmania on the amount of human debris on Henderson island, she illustrated the way that humans are affecting even the most isolated places in the world. She found that there is “an average of 239 items of human origin per square meter” on the 37 square kilometer island, and we are just talking about the beach’s surface. Among all the rubbish found on the surface, 99.8% was made of plastic. However, buried in the first 10 centimeters of sand are twice as many pieces of plastic.

Dr. Lavers’s study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, where she wrote that in one sample, there were 672 items per square meter. Alarmingly, this figure is the highest number recorded in the world. Dr. Laver further estimated that there were approximately 38 million pieces of plastic, weighing about 18 tons, in the entire island.

According to IFLScience, Dr. Lavers asserted that the original source of some of the plastic fragments could no longer be determined. However, some were clearly consumer items such as plastic bottles and cutlery while about eight percent of the total waste originated from fishing vessels.

The crabs on the island have converted some the plastic debris to their homes.

All these being said, the fact that the enormous amount of garbage in Henderson Island is affecting local wildlife such as sea turtle nesting attempts is no longer surprising. Interestingly, the South Pacific Gype, which is part of the world’s system of rotating ocean currents, flows around the said island all the way from western South America. As such, the large pieces of plastic items are given ample opportunity to break down into smaller fragments before being deposited on the island.

This news emphasizes the need for better ways to manage plastic disposal. If we are not careful, we may as well end up in a dystopian world where our most valuable resources will be reduced to nothingness and plastic waste will outnumber living things. And if that ever happens, the world might be miles beyond saving.

31 Comments

  1. Barry Rowland

    January 22, 2018 at 6:55 AM

    Phuket is the same – sadly 😕😡😦 jac.

  2. Arnaldo Saddul Vicario III

    May 18, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    Kalungkot😭

  3. T-bo Xiong

    March 30, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    Human hands will have to clean it

  4. Cathrine Haugan

    May 18, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    😠😡😡😡😡

  5. Nisong Monyimba

    May 18, 2017 at 8:01 PM

    Oh my

  6. Ren Mercado Lopez

    May 18, 2017 at 10:35 PM

    So sad!

  7. T-bo Xiong

    May 18, 2017 at 10:58 PM

    Human hands will have to clean it

  8. Ronnel Flogencio Binuya

    May 19, 2017 at 12:51 AM

    This is China’s.haha

  9. A Lynne Margaret

    May 19, 2017 at 3:45 AM

    최재훈

  10. Linda Scheuplein

    March 30, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    They should recycle all that nasty plastic in to art or benches. Tables some thing great .not this pic. It sickening.

  11. Ruf Rafol

    May 19, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Eliza Cruz Galang

  12. Warren Gorres Pamisa

    May 19, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    This is happening because of thinking that burning plastics will damage the ozone layer. Ozone Layer doesn’t exist only on science fiction.

  13. Linda Scheuplein

    May 19, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    They should recycle all that nasty plastic in to art or benches. Tables some thing great .not this pic. It sickening.

  14. Jozef Ceh

    March 5, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    People its lake enemol the dont care off this nice place .???Rubish giving Cancer to oll iff As end as kids ???

  15. Ren Mercado Lopez

    March 30, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    So sad!

  16. Jozef Ceh

    May 20, 2017 at 1:48 AM

    People its lake enemol the dont care off this nice place .???Rubish giving Cancer to oll iff As end as kids ???

  17. Karen Renfrow Logsdon

    March 5, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    Look! Isn’t that Wilson! 😂. But seriously this is sad. Could be such a beautiful place.

  18. Ray Smith

    March 30, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    Staged

  19. Joe Wilson

    January 18, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    I have no clain to any piece. Stop the ships from dumping their garbage.

  20. Karen Renfrow Logsdon

    January 18, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Look! Isn’t that Wilson! 😂. But seriously this is sad. Could be such a beautiful place.

  21. Claire Mannion

    March 30, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    Very sad but at least it’s no longer in the ocean hurting the sea life , send in a team to clean up, humans made the mess they should clean it up! 😔

  22. Ray Smith

    January 18, 2018 at 8:25 PM

    Staged

  23. Rodrigo Tinampay Regidor

    January 18, 2018 at 11:27 PM

    Wow nice place but very bad to see ;;;;;;;;yes plenty of this garbage from the SHIP

  24. Claire Mannion

    January 18, 2018 at 11:28 PM

    Very sad but at least it’s no longer in the ocean hurting the sea life , send in a team to clean up, humans made the mess they should clean it up! 😔

  25. Andrea Escañela

    March 5, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    Why did Tom leaves his cargo anyway ?? 😶 Well FedEx is much more responsible for that 😅 Too many wilsons I couldnt find the real one

  26. Edith Perron

    January 19, 2018 at 4:16 AM

    Sad

  27. Andrea Escañela

    January 19, 2018 at 4:36 AM

    Why did Tom leaves his cargo anyway ?? 😶 Well FedEx is much more responsible for that 😅 Too many wilsons I couldnt find the real one

  28. Ron McLane

    March 5, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    You are only seeing what’s on beach.
    Trust me the entire ocean is looking like this and no one except a few care.
    Our only true source of survival is being depleted at staggering rate

  29. Ron McLane

    January 19, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    You are only seeing what’s on beach.
    Trust me the entire ocean is looking like this and no one except a few care.
    Our only true source of survival is being depleted at staggering rate

  30. Joe Wilson

    March 5, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    I have no clain to any piece. Stop the ships from dumping their garbage.

  31. Arnaldo Saddul Vicario III

    March 30, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    Kalungkot😭

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