In the water is a strip of caution tape, a literal warning sign for a problem that could easily get much worse – plastic pollution, as shown on A PLASTIC TIDE.
On a visit to Mumbai, India, Science Correspondent Thomas Moore meets Activist and beach cleaner, Afroz Shah. They walk along a local beach covered with plastic, and it makes for extremely sad viewing. “I have come here to clean [ the beach] because I feel there’s a need in me, and if it becomes everybody’s need, things will be sorted out,” says Afroz.
I agree with him that single-use plastic has no place in the 21st Century; it’s the most dangerous form of this material.
Plastic has a darker side, but it’s not completely the enemy. The single-use aspect of it is and most of these products are made by the food and drink industry. Plastic does have its benefits as being cheap, light and durable - the problem is the disposal of this material in a ‘throw-away society’.
This documentary also raises awareness of microplastic in the water; by 2050, plastic material in the ocean could weigh more than all the fish! To quote Artist and Campaigner Jeremy Carroll, “It’s time to reconsider our way of consuming and the way of disposing of things.”
Thomas Moore dives down to a reef off India’s East Coast with diving instructor, Akhil Jude. The sandy seabed is stirred up by a current, out of the murkiness appears an old fishing net.
Look out for: Viewers will see the extent of what these nets are doing to life beneath the waves; in this case, plastic fishing equipment has caught on the rocks and just been left there, trapping unsuspecting fish. Turtles are also in danger of being caught up in fishing nets, causing them to eventually suffocate if not seen and cut free.
It’s time to turn the tide on this global problem.
First Broadcast: 2017
Available on: YouTube