Target: Filmmaker Chris Jordan
Goal: Commend filmmaker for highlighting the crucial global concern of oceanic plastic pollution
Filmmaker Chris Jordan highlighted the grief imposed on our planet by our negligent actions with the premier of his new documentary, called Midway. Focusing on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the film exposes how waste from our everyday objects is actively destroying nature, through the eyes of baby albatrosses on Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean, 2,000 miles away from any continent in each direction. Adult albatrosses, mistaking our plastic waste trapped in the ocean’s current for food, feed their babies plastic objects that ultimately kill them. The film poignantly showcases this macabre problem as a microcosm of how we are affecting Planet Earth.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the biggest collection of marine debris and has amassed from various sources, one of the greatest being river pollution that has been carried out to sea and pushed into a rotating current called a gyre. It is bigger than the state of Texas and contains untold amounts of plastic particles and objects. The environmental impacts are felt around the world, and not just on wildlife, but on humans alike, as we eat the fish that eat the plastic in the water. Additionally, much of the plastic is invisible to the naked eye because it is either broken down to a microscopic level or, in the case of whole objects, is floating just beneath the surface of the ocean. This presents hurdles not only in actual cleanup, but in seeing a tangible and immediate impact. Since it is out of sight, for many it is out of mind.
Jordan points out that these birds reflect a stupor that has overcome consumers, taking away our ability to discern nourishment from toxicity as we have embraced industrial growth and material items. The longer we stay entranced, the longer we contribute to worldwide detriment. In the case of oceanic pollution specifically, the film calls us to action and urges us not only to clean up our mess, but to change our future ways. Commend Mr. Jordan for raising awareness from an innovative perspective.
Dear Mr. Jordan,
Your new documentary Midway exposed the immediate effect our ocean pollution is having on baby albatrosses on Midway Island. Many people still do not know about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and this is a moving way to teach a wide audience about a big issue that needs to be addressed.
While the content of your film is heartbreaking, it brings to light a poignant thought for all of us. Not only do we need to clean up the pollution we have caused. Nor do we need only to change our daily habits. But we need to snap out of our stupor as consumers and become more aware of our human needs. If we can begin to distinguish what is harmful from what is nourishing to our humanity, we can also help save the planet we share with so many other beings. Midway is just one of the many sensational works you have presented in your career, and we commend you for raising awareness with its important message.
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Photo credit: Chris Jordan via Wikimedia Commons