In Svalbard, a Norwegian island chain hundreds of miles away from the nearest land a photographer captured a bittersweet moment in the life of a polar bear family.
“It was a bittersweet moment to watch. On one hand, you have a beautiful mother and two cubs and on the other, the curious young cubs are playing/eating plastic pollution which had been washed ashore.”
Morgan captured the moment then realized the bear cubs were playing with “plastic”.
The photos are sad, to say the least. We hope this story brings awareness to all humans!
“This was a really sad situation. To see and further highlights how our plastic pollution is affecting wildlife in the Arctic regions. So please people let’s do our bit to help reduce plastic and keep our oceans plastic free.”
Unfortunately, this is not the only photo capturing wild animals living among our waste. Over 14 billion tons of plastic is dumping into the earth’s oceans putting wild animals lives in danger.
Elizabeth Murdock, director of Pacific Ocean initiative for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says “We need smart policies that encourage manufacturers to move away from throwaway plastic. We need individuals who understand the impacts our trash has on vulnerable marine life and make personal choices that help reduce the trash in our oceans.”
Could we start our own initiative? Every time you go to the beach this summer or anytime pick up 3 pieces of plastic trash. Better yet do what Boy Scouts practice, Carry In, Carry Out.