We all come across litter when out in the great outdoors – whether it be a Forest, your street or a Pacific Coral Reef Atoll.
Stumbling upon the leftovers from a thug’s night out in the forest (replace that word thug with one of your choice!) leaving a trail of destruction and litter is a scene often found when out hiking or even a stroll down to your local park. It’s an all to common picture..
…And just sitting in traffic the other day, looking at the mess on the central reservation – it is incredible how much what mess people throw out of the car window. Fly tipping is also at a high – just over 1 million cases per year in the UK. World pollution has doubled in 50 years and that is incredible when you think about how short a time that is relative since man’s existence. We’re all suffering from environmental toxicity some 500 times more than an Egyptian pharaoh had to put live with. That’s another story!
So what goes on in the minds of these delinquent types then? and what is the answer, or even, what is the question? I don’t know. But what I do know is it is a global problem. Pollution I mean. These days, I will tend to pick up the odd bottle or can, then at least next time I pass by I don’t have to see this ‘blot’ on the landscape and nor do others. Sometimes, however, there is a bin bag full to contend with. In this film, I return to a remote spot in the forest. More specifically, Delamere Forest.It is in the heart of man and man is such a polluter without care. As can be seen here the effects of world litter as it accumulates in the Atoll basin, a Coral Reef paradise a couple of thousand kilometres from the nearest continent. But what lurks beneath and floating on top is plastic trash from the UK, China, India and the world. Here lie tens of thousands of dead baby albatross chicks, mistakenly fed floating plastic bite size trash by their parents. A true tragedy and epitome of man’s nature and negligence of our blue planet.
9 out of 10 seabirds have plastic in them. By 2050 it will be 10/10. I don’t know what the solution is but will take a long time. It has to start in the home, the family and at school. A mindset shift. But many parents are passing this non-respect for the environment to kids. All in all, it is a shifting of responsibility to others, including the suffocating planet to deal with. I sometimes think, if everyone picked up one piece of litter per day, then with 8 billion of us, there would be no litter soon!
I would normally pick up the odd bottle and crisp packet along the way but this mess meant a return to the forest armed with a bin bag. It’s not the first time. Anyone who enjoys getting out into the great outdoors will feel the same. Anger and sadness. Well I don’t know what the solution is but it is the tip of the iceberg on the global scale. I was prompted to make this video following a looked at the Midway project, where tragic scenes unfold from the world’s consumerism and science created pollution. Not the topic that attracts many views though, perhaps an indicator of where we are at. One day peace and paradise shall prevail here on this blue planet.
My Video below & virtual music “a walk in the forest” below – do check it out
Full credits to Chris Jordon and his amazing work below. MIDWAY – trailer
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Delamere Forest, a couple of my pics..
More on Delamere – Website https://www.forestry.gov.uk/delamere
Delamere Forest or Delamere Forest Park is a large wood near the village of Delamere in Cheshire, England. The woodland, which is managed by the Forestry Commission, covers an area of 972 hectares (2,400 acres) making it the largest area of woodland in the county. It contains a mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees.
Delamere, which means “forest of the lakes”, is all that remains of the great Forests of Mara and Mondrem which covered over 60 square miles (160 km2) of this part of Cheshire. Established in the late 11th century, they were the hunting forests of the Norman Earls of Chester. Order was maintained under forest law. However, this governance limited the agricultural potential of the area for centuries. It was not until ownership passed to The Crown in 1812 that the ancient ordnances were abolished. In 1924 the woodland came under the control of the Forestry Commission.
The area also includes Old Pale hill, the high point of the northern mass of the Mid Cheshire Ridge, and Blakemere Moss, a lake around 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) in length. Black Lake, a rare example of quaking bog or schwingmoor, has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and forms part of an international Ramsar site; Linmer Moss has also been designated an SSSI for its fenland habitat. The white-faced darter, a species of dragonfly rare in the UK, and marsh fern and white sedge, wetland plants that are rare in Cheshire, are found here.