You've probably seen an awful of holiday photos recently, complete with amazing images of the sea - beautiful, pristine, bright blue oceans.
But the fact is, they've never been dirtier.
So much plastic and rubbish has collected in our seas that a mass of waste, cumulatively the size of France, has formed off the coast of Hawaii. If the current rate of pollution continues, by 2050, the combined weight of all that trash will be heavier than that of of all the fish in the ocean.
Here at LADbible, we've decided to tackle this abomination. We're trying to get it recognised by the UN as an actual country called the Trash Isles, and we've enlisted the help of BAFTA winning actor Ross Kemp to explain why:
But you can't just declare a country willy-nilly; there's a process that needs to be followed. According to Article 1 of 1993 Montevideo Convention on rights and duties of States, a country must be able to:
- Define a territory
- Form a government
- Have a permanent population (this is open to interpretation and you can help us by registering to be one of the Trash Isles' citizens. Don't worry, you don't have to move there)
- Be capable of interacting with other states
We've organised a flag and national anthem, but we need to build up our population base to be taken seriously.
In the meantime, people the world over can help by being mindful about their use of plastics, and recycling products at every opportunity as well as reusing bottles or bags until they eventually break. Plastic takes anywhere between 500-1,000 years to break down - this means that virtually every piece of plastic ever made still exists in some form, and loads of it is polluting our waters and killing marine wildlife.
As Ross explains: "If we can make [the Trash Isles] a country, we are protected by the UN's 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'.
"Which essentially means by becoming a country, others are obliged to help."
Get involved and ensure the world's first country made of trash is its last.