This month I’m trying out Plastic Free July – part of a wider campaign to reduce consumption of single-use plastic and as a result reduce the amount of plastic getting into our oceans. Plastic in oceans is everyone’s problem and has huge impact’s on wildlife and ecosystems. A million single use plastic bottles are bought every MINUTE worldwide, and plastic is washed up on remote Arctic beaches that rarely see a human soul.
I took these pictures last week outside the Maritime, Fram, and Kontiki museums in Oslo, Norway. The Kontiki museum was particularly fascinating as it was Thor Heyerdahl – builder and Captain of the Kontiki – who started the ocean conservation movement after finding washed out oil in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on a subsequent voyage on Ra II.
I think the sculpture represents how much we lean on the ocean for so many reasons – fishing, shipping, recreation – but also put a lot of strain on it with pollution. A lighthouse is designed to lead sailors safely into harbour and around dangerous rocks – perhaps this one will lead us around dangerous levels of pollution and lead us to change course to a healthier ocean. One can only hope.