Midway Island

Midway Island

21 February, 2013
Effects of plastic trash
A film by Chris Jordan that explores the plight of Laysan albatross

Browsing a popular social networking website earlier this week, we were intrigued by the sudden and widespread sharing of a video on the plight of Midway Island in the North Pacific Ocean. If you haven’t heard of Midway Island before, that’s because it is more than 2,000 miles away from the nearest coastline.

Midway Island is about halfway between North America and Asia, and unfortunately is severely affected by marine debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Studies have shown that up to 90% of the garbage swirling around in our oceans is made of plastic, and accumulates on the beaches of Midway.

‘Midway’ is a film by artist and photographer Chris Jordan, following his expeditions to Midway. The film uses stunning imagery to illustrate and explore the interconnectedness of species, using the albatross on Midway as a mirror of our humanity.

Chris Jordan explains, “I envision our project not as being a bunch of us tramping around the island with cameras; instead I hope it will be an emotional and spiritual journey by a deeply connected group of artists, to honor the issues that Midway represents. Maybe it is not too ambitious to hope—if we can fully rise to the occasion—that we might be able to co-create a multi-media work of art that tenderly witnesses this middle point that humanity finds itself at right now. And in the eye of the storm—the apex of the Gyre—perhaps our collaborative efforts can create a container for healing that might have some small effect on the collective choice that is to come.”

It is amazing to see that despite its location away from major continents, Midway suffers from debilitating plastic pollution, which is no doubt slowly killing the environment. The film is set to premiere in late 2013, and will be a stark reminder to us all to be more aware of our actions.

To see the trailer for ‘Midway’ yourself, please visit: www.midwayfilm.com

To get more involved in reducing trash in Hong Kong city streets, country trails and coastlines, please visit: www.hkcleanup.org

Image via: www.chrisjordan.com

By: Ecozine Staff


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