Plastic invades the once pristine waters of the Philippines (photographs )

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A fresh expedition finds pervasive plastic in the Verde Island Passage, house to a of the biggest concentrations of marine life in the world.

In 2006, a group of marine conservationists crowned the Philippines as the world’s Center of Marine Biodiversity, and in particularthey announced the Verde Island Passage as the “Center of the Center of Marine Shorefish Biodiversity.” Connecting the South China Sea with the Tayabas Bay and the Sibuyan Sea, the waters play home to many endangered sea turtles like hawksbills, olive ridleys, and green turtles, along with other fascinating species too numerous to count.

Put it this way. While surveying sea monsters in the area, Rich Mooi, curator of invertebrate zoology and geology in the California Academy of Sciences, composed in The New York Times, “This is the most amazing place I have ever been in my 30 years of research.”

Yet tragically, the organisms which predict the passage home have a fresh kind of visitor to contend with: plastic pollution. The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior has just finished an exploration of the region, also contains shared images with us showing just how the once-pristine waters are now impregnated with plastic.

plastic pollution&backup; Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

plastic pollution&backup; Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

plastic pollution&backup; Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

plastic pollution&backup; Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

plastic pollution&backup; Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

The Rainbow Warrior is on its “Ship It Back” tour in the Philippines, with a mission of highlighting the function that plastic manufacturers and big companies are playing in the plastic crisis. While most of us customers are trying our very best to be cautious with our plastic usage, provided that the producers maintain cranking the stuff outside, it’s going to wind up someplace. As Greenpeace notes, “Let’s not forget. The plastic problem began in the boardrooms of the top multinational companies when they decided to dump products packaged in single-use, non-recyclable plastic in places where there is no infrastructure to manage them.”

“This is undeniable proof of how irresponsible single-use plastic production by fast-moving consumer goods companies threatens our pristine environment,” says Abigail Aguilar, campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia. If big companies don’t respond to our calls for reduction in single-use plastic production, she says, “these places of ‘paradise’ like Verde Island Passage, will be lost.”

To find out more and how you can help, visit Greenpeace.

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