Chris Jordan Documents the Devastating Impact of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on Wildlife
Midway is a visually stunning documentary project from Chris Jordan that reflects on the immense environmental impact of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—a mammoth collection of waste located in the Pacific Ocean. Currently raising funds through Kickstarter to support the completion of the flim, Jordan and his team focus specifically on the “magical” Midway Island. Located in the center of the Pacific Gyre, the island is populated with albatrosses which have been badly affected by the environmental disaster. As debris washes up on the island, Jordan works to document the plight of thousands of birds caught up in the man-made waste.
On their Kickstarter page, Chris Jordan, an artist and activist describes Midway Island as “[O]ne of the most remote places on Earth,” which is “… inhabited by a million Laysan albatrosses — magnificent and beautiful seabirds who range over the entire Pacific from their home base on the island. Midway is a multi-layered kaleidoscope of natural wonder and human history, and it also serves as a powerful lens into a shocking environmental tragedy: tens of thousands of albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch.”
The Midway film team hope that through their Kickstarter effort they will raise the funds to make two more trips to Midway Island in order to complete filming the documentary. If the team reaches their goal of raising $100,000, the funds will be used to film aerial shots of the extraordinary island, and hire an editor to help with the efforts to finish the movie by next year. Once complete, Midway’s producers hope to screen the film in schools and universities with the hope of raising awareness about the scale of the ongoing disaster, and encourage action on a local level—curbing the use of waste products, which add to the Great Pacific Patch.
Images courtesy of Midway Film
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