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A Giant Beached Whale Illustrates the Plastic Pollution Problem

Greenpeace Philippines recently created and installed a giant whale art piece made out of plastic pollution at the Sea Side Beach Resort in Naic, Cavite. The 50-foot installation will be on display until May 14. 

“Listen to the dead whale’s wake-up call, look closer and see what plastic pollution does to the ocean,” writes Greenpeace Philippines. “We hope that this installation encourages the public to take action and #RefusePlastic.”

 Photo by  Vince Cinches
 Photo by  Vince Cinches

Photo by Vince Cinches

 Photo by  Vince Cinches

Plastic is a material made to last forever, yet 33 percent of all plastic, such as single-use water bottles, bags, and straws, are used just once and thrown away. Over 260 species, including invertebrates, turtles, fish, seabirds, and mammals, have been reported to ingest or become entangled in plastic debris, resulting in impaired movement and feeding, reduced reproductive output, lacerations, ulcers, and death. 

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Every day the U.S. generates 180,000,000 pounds of waste plastic. It is also estimated that there are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in our ocean.

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