Scuba Divers’ Photos Show a Plastic Underworld

Scuba divers from San Diego to Sydney have been uploading photos of plastic pollution they’ve plucked off the reef, during the global Beneath the Waves campaign organized by the Project AWARE Foundation. The organization is an international community of citizen scientists, educators, philanthropists and advocates, who see up close how our oceans are becoming landfills of trash—most of it plastic. According to the 5 Gyres Institute, there are approximately 269,000 metric tons of plastic in our oceans, about 75 percent of which is fishing gear.

To view even more photos, visit Project AWARE’s websiteTwitter or Instagram.

Related: Project Aware Wants Your Underwater Photos

3 responses to “Scuba Divers’ Photos Show a Plastic Underworld”

  1. says:

    I will make an effort to donate, soon. This is activism in the true sense of the word.

  2. Don't Trash Future says:

    What a great campaign that really brings forth to our attention the devastating impact our habits have on the environment and marine life. If there already lies so much plastic waste off the reef, I cannot begin to imagine the amount of trash collected in areas like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch! Goes to show it is never too late too late to start reducing and recycling our plastic waste correctly to avoid an even greater damage to our earth in the future.

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