Plastics

Oceana diver releasing a loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) from a plastic rope entanglement. West of Gozo island, Malta. LIFE BaHAR Malta 2016 Expedition. July 2016. Buceador de Ocena liberando una tortuga boba (Caretta caretta) enganchada en una maraña de cabo de plástico. Oeste de la isla de Gozo, Malta. Expedición LIFE BaHAR Malta 2016. Julio 2016.

THE PLAGUE OF OCEAN PLASTIC

Plastic in oceans is expected to outweigh fish by 2050. Oceana is actively working to stop this—but we need your help.

Recycling alone is not enough to solve the plastics crisis—we must reduce the amount of single-use plastic being produced and discarded. Your support helps us engage companies to adopt ocean-friendly alternatives.

We hope you’ll join us at SeaChange—together we’ll combat the plague of ocean plastic.

 

2019 Featured Artist: Dafne Murillo

Dafne Murillo is a senior undergraduate student at Columbia University, majoring in Economics and Latin American Studies. Originally from Lima, Perú, and with roots in San Martin, located in the Amazon region, she’s the co-founder of Tarpuy Warmi, an NGO that serves high school aged girls in the Peruvian Amazon. In college, Dafne served as the Co-President of the Columbia Univeristy Student Organization of Latinxs and volunteers with UndoCU, an undocumented support group that provides college application clinics for undocumented youth in the NYC area. Dafne is currently writing a senior thesis researching the effect of legislation on the wages of undocumented domestic workers and hopes to continue her education, pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics after graduation. Her academic interests include Latin America, sustainable development, and immigration, looking at the intersection of poverty, climate change and forced-displacement of vulnerable populations in the global south. Her most recent art-work is a collaborative zine focusing on the Central American asylum crisis. In her free time, Dafne enjoys reading poetry, discussing Peruvian food, and doodling in her sketchbook. You can find her at @dafmurillo (Twitter) and @daf.murillo.lopez (Instagram).

For many people in the coastal region of Peru, being able to see a humpback whale is not a rare occurrence, and has created a lucrative eco-tourism industry. Ironically, Peruvian beaches are some of the most polluted in the world. I’ve been involved in two annual beach cleanup projects and I’ve been stunned by the countless bottles and plastic bags that are spread across the shoreline of Lima alone. This inspired my piece. My art is my version of the iceberg metaphor: people can only see the portion above the surface but are oblivious of the portion undersea. I feel this is the case in Peru (as in many other countries). People can appreciate the whales, yet fail to realize that by continuing littering the sea with their plastic waste, they are responsible for the harm of marine wildlife through ingestion or entanglement.