The following is an excerpt from Carla Herreria | April 8, 2017 | Huffingtonpost.com |
It’s easy to appreciate the beauty of a beach in Hawaii, with its electric blue waters lapping over a coast of golden sand. But hidden in plain sight is a devastating reality, captured in a video by Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.
During a recent beach clean up in Kailua on the island of Oahu, the nonprofit group used a sand sifter to rid the sand of trash and plastic pollution. They filmed the slow-motion video below of the sifter in action to show people just how much harmful debris sits within the sand.
Among leftover twigs and shells is a shocking amount of plastic debris particles.
“This example from Kailua Beach in Hawaii shows what it could look like if you were in a highly polluted region,” ocean advocacy group Take 3 For The Sea wrote on Facebook. “This beach sits on the windward side of Oahu meaning plastic debris from the #greatpacificgarbagepatch washes up regularly on the onshore trade winds.”
But it’s only a small glimpse into the ocean’s giant plastic pollution problem.
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