Why I Trawled for Plastic On Board the Arctic Sunrise
by Bonnie Wright
November 11, 2017
My name is Bonnie Wright, and I am very excited to be with Greenpeace on board The Arctic Sunrise. You may recognize me as Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter films, but for the last three days, I have been a volunteer deckhand.
I am here to learn more about Greenpeace’s Ocean Plastics campaign and how we can end single-use plastics.
Every minute of every day the equivalent of one garbage truck load of plastic enters our oceans. Plastics are filling up our oceans and killing marine life around the globe. From straws to soda rings, these plastics choke or entangle species like seabirds, turtles, and whales.
We can no longer tolerate this cycle of destruction for so-called “convenience.” It’s time for corporations to come up with better designs and methods for the delivery of goods.
We trawled twice. Once just after departing from Freeport in The Bahamas and secondly when we were within The Gulf Stream. Trawling is like fishing, but unfortunately in this case for plastics. Greenpeace has been trawling, conducting beach cleanups and brand audits throughout their Atlantic Coast ship tour to gain a better understanding of just how much plastic we have polluting our waterways and connecting the waste back to the corporations responsible for it.
I was deeply saddened to find lots of different types of plastic in our trawl, large pieces of soft plastic, fishing lines, and polystyrene. The turtles and fish that were on this planet long before us are now eating these plastics which clog up their organs and can cause death.
This should not be happening. The single-use plastic that we all use practically every day is harming ocean wildlife. We not only need to work on holding ourselves and community accountable, but we also need to hold corporations accountable for choking our oceans. You can help stop plastic pollution, join me and Greenpeace by signing their petition to put pressure on corporate polluters.
There is no planet B, so I believe it is our responsibility to think before we consume plastic that will eventually make its way into this beautiful ocean I am currently surrounded by.
I look forward to sharing more stories after my journey aboard The Arctic Sunrise.