Update from the filmmaker Chris Jordan from the UN  launch on World Ocean Day 8 June 2018:

“ALBATROSS just received an extended standing ovation at the United Nations Parley for the Oceans program, perhaps the proudest moment of my life. And now, it is up on our website as a gift to the world; you can stream it, download it, and share it with others, all for free. Happy World Oceans Day from the Albatross team! 🐣💙🌍😃
#albatrossthefilm #pacificocean #chrisjordan #oceanplastic #seachange “

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Midway: Message from the Gyre (2009 ongoing) Photographer Chris Jordan

New Delhi, 5 June 2018 – Released today, a new report from UN Environment finds a surging momentum in global efforts to address plastic pollution. The first-of-its-kind accounting finds governments are increasing the pace of implementation and the scope of action to curb the use of single-use plastics.

Today is World Environment Day 2018. Despite how alarming environmental issues are, and so often ignored, it is heartening that World Environment Day 2018 is highlighting growing efforts worldwide to #beatPlasticPollution.

 

You may have been aware of campaigns against plastic springing up worldwide. Inconceivable and exponentially increasing amounts of non-biodegradable plastic is dumped in our rivers and oceans, inflicting great harm to seabirds and marine wildlife. Shocking images from documentary filmmakers and photographers of huge floating islands of trash have spread on social media and have ignited  public concern, to which our governments are now beginning to address. There is a lot to do. It feels similar to how  social media platforms have helped propel awareness about the similar plight of bees worldwide.

I’ve been intrigued that plastic has ignited such a grassroots response for action, compared to how unprecendent mass species extinction, and climate change are much graver concerns. However, they are all caused by the unsustainability of industrial culture. Perhaps because plastic is so tangible and part of our everyday lives, we can’t but not notice it on our doorstep, and everytime we go shopping. And like ocean-dwellers, we all need to drink pure water too!

Some of the key images that have caught our hearts about plastic pollution have been the result of some tireless individuals, who with artistic skill, have shown us the effectis of the throw-away-and-forget horror of our modern way of life. I’m sharing news that in a few days, a lead artist against pollution, photographer Chris Jordan, whose images early on (since 2008) impressed initial horror and grief on the state of our oceans, is releasing his feature length film Albatross free to the world, on World Ocean’s Day June 8, 2018.

I once counted seabirds on a remote South Pacific atoll (and made a short video of the experience). Suwarrow atoll is now threatened with plastic and rising, warming seas and in my video I relate my work for permanent forests as responding to global environmental concerns.

Some of the scenes in Chris’ trailer are so similar to the abundant and beautiful seabirds I encountered; getting close to wildlife a few feet away; the beauty and noise of the birds.

Thank you Chris and your team for all the work you do! There is much untapped power for the arts to engage us with the calamities science has been detailing but which have been hard to communicate.

Do feel free to share this post, for all seabirds and for all of us! We are all connected.

 

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