MIDWAY and the Pacific Garbage Patch
Nature is a closed-loop system. Every piece of every organism on this planet can be completely consumed and used by other organisms. Every piece of feces that comes out of an animal and every gas that is released by the leaves of a plant is fodder for other species.
Humans are the only species on this planet that produce true waste: materials that nature does not have the ability to break down and use. A great visual representation of that waste and the impact that it has on nature is the video below by Chris Jordan. The video is a preview for a documentary titled “MIDWAY” about the pacific island of the same name where albatross are being killed by our plastic waste.
The source of the plastic is one of the two Pacific Garbage Patches – massive ocean areas where currents cause the accumulation untold quantities of plastic from on- and off-shore pollution. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA in the United States), there is no “accurate estimate on the size of mass of the ‘garbage patch'”. However, the clip from MIDWAY shows that its impacts are quite real.
Again, quoting from the NOAA website: “regardless of the exact size, mass, and location of the ‘garbage patch,’ manmade debris does not belong in our oceans and waterways.” And it certainly does not belong in the stomachs of birds.