Diver Rich Horner has captured video of himself swimming through water densely strewn with plastic waste and yellowing food wrappers, with the occasional tropical fish darting around. The footage was shot at a dive site called Manta Point, a cleaning station for the large rays on the island of Nusa Penida, about 20km from the popular Indonesian holiday island of Bali.
Often, people need to see in order to believe. And let’s face it, once we discard our plastic waste it’s difficult to visualize what happens next; an unfortunate series of events will transport this garbage into our world’s most precious resource: the ocean. Although more dire action is required, we hope this footage will bring perspective to many.