Video showing devastating plastic pollution on Tenerife beach goes viral

Video showing devastating plastic pollution on Tenerife beach goes viral
Fonte: El Pais

A conservationist has captured images of the waste covering the shore of the Canary Island. Currents in the area act as a garbage collector for what washes in from the North Atlantic

There is enough plastic in the Pacific Ocean to cover the surface of France three times over, according to a 2018 study published in Nature magazine. Known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” this mass of floating plastic is made up of the remains of tons of bottles, plastic cutlery and plates. A large amount of this plastic ends up on the coast.

A video recorded on March 24 highlights the shocking extent of plastic pollution on a beach in Tenerife, one of Spain’s Canary Islands. Filmed at Playa Grande beach near the coastal town Poris de Abona, the video shows the sand covered in small bits of plastic. The images went viral on WhatsApp and caused a frenzy on social media, with copies of the video shared thousands of times via Facebook and Twitter.

The video was filmed by María Celma, the founder of the ocean clean-up group Océano Limpio Tenerife (Clean Ocean Tenerife). “A clean-up had been arranged by another organization that day and when I saw the beach like that, I decided to make the video,” she tells Verne by telephone. In the video, she can be heard saying that you don’t need “to go to a beach in Indonesia” to find a coast covered in plastic. “If I feel frustrated and desolate, and when I see the beach in this state, I show it,” she says. “Hopefully more people will see it and feel the same and be more aware of the problem.”

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