Humans have long travelled in search of new land. Now they have a land truly created by them; their trash to be more precise. Introducing the Trash Isles. A 50 billion tonnes plastic base strong island created in the last 60-70 years, located in the North Pacific Ocean, a little way off from Hawaii. The Trash Isles originally recognized by environmentalists as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is being petitioned to the UN to be recognized as an independent nation.
World over, people are fighting for space and attempting to become global citizens. We believe the Trash Isles is the epitome of global citizenship for the land itself has been created by trash collected globally, thrown away by people divided by nations.
The petition to recognize it has been submitted by media house LadBible and conservation group, The Plastic Oceans Foundation. Currently, over one million people have already signed up to become citizens of Trash Isles. Former American Vice-President and vocal campaigner of climate change, Al Gore has already been granted honorary citizenship of Trash Isles.
A passport designed for Trash Isles. Courtesy: Ladbible
In a move to make the petition look more real and raise awareness about the magnanimity of the plastic trouble brewing in our oceans, the group has designed a national passport, debris currency in two denominations, postal stamps and a national flag with a floating plastic bottle.
This effort however is not being done as an environmental sarcasm project but an effort to recognize the garbage patch as a nation by the UN so that it gets protected by UN Environmental Charter which states, ‘All members shall co-operate in a spirit of global partnership to conserve, protect and restore the health and integrity of the world's ecosystem'. Following which all of world’s 195 nations will be responsible to clear the plastic nation.
We hope Trash Isles become a not so trashy lesson for the world’s plastic consumption.