Every era has iconic images that shocked the world and finally inspired action, whether it was images of starving polar bears caused by the failing ozone layer or starving children as a result of the Ethiopian famine. For the next generation of conservationists, one of the most disturbing sights on earth has to be the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But what is it, how did it get there and how can we address it?
It is a widely acknowledged problem and for many years environmental charities have campaigned to clean up the ocean. The very visible impact of plastic waste can be seen on coastlines around the world, and its impact on wildlife is tragically being seen more and more often.