We Can All Help; The Truth Behind The Pollution On Henderson Island


Anyone anywhere can agree that we can’t have a healthy ecosystem when so much of it is polluted with trash, plastic, and aluminum.

Our oceans, lakes and streams are vital to providing our marine life with a healthy habitat. Sadly, they are no longer as healthy as they once were.

Beaches everywhere are loaded with masses of garbage which in turn kill or gravely injure marine life that depend on these bodies of water to survive.

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I’ve known about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for quite some time, and, as staggering as it was to learn of it then, I wasn’t as aware of the widespread pollution nearly everywhere.  It’s a gigantic problem, and it not only affects our sea life but humans lives, greatly.


How can we expect our planet to thrive when we don’t take the time to care about what is happening to disposables and other waste on our planet? We must implement a better system, so that this terrible destruction of our planet is an occurrence of the past.​

Henderson Island, in particular, is of great concern for several reasons.  Because of its location, It serves essentially as a barometer for how the trash is accumulated and why.

Henderson Island can help us understand what we can do to help this issue and stop its perpetuation around the world.  ​

Approximately 3,000 miles from any major city, this uninhabited island in the Eastern Pacific Ocean has the largest amount of plastic waste reported anywhere on the planet.


“Henderson Island has the misfortune of being located adjacent to the South Pacific Gyre, a large area of the ocean which (like the other four gyres in the world) accumulates significant quantities of plastic pollution,” Jennifer Lavers, a lead researcher at the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, told HuffPost that “Approximately 68% of the beach’s debris is buried in the sediment. Altogether, there are an estimated 37.7 million items, weighing 17.6 tons, accumulated on the island.”

“In addition to sullying the island’s natural beauty, wildlife has been found eating the plastic and getting entangled in it. Plastic barriers are also being created, which have reduced sea turtles’ ability to lay eggs,” wrote Nina Golgowski in her recent article for the Huffington Post.

​At what point will this epidemic become a priority governmentally, as well as societally?

We are all responsible in some way.

Are we recycling and helping to clean our beaches when we can? We can do more to help clean up our oceans.

Just like any problem, though it may seem insurmountable, constant focus and effort each day is the answer to turning this massive issue around for the better.

Hopefully, it starts to shift in the right direction sooner rather than later.

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