Did you ever stop to think about where your plastic goes after disposal? Let’s say that smoothie or iced coffee you had this morning. After one use, you’ve threw away a cup, lid/cap and plastic straw that may end up in the ocean. How about the poke bowl you had for lunch? Was your fish caught legally?
The Hawaii International Film Festival in Oahu premiered Blue, a multi-sited documentary that explored ocean-sustainability issues, with evidence from Australia, Hawaii, the South Pacific, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Using statistics and personal interviews, the film enlightens viewers on the crude environmental issues that are depleting our oceans of fish, being replaced with a new man-made species: plastic.
Plastic is entering our beautiful oceans across the world at alarming rates. By 2030 there will be more plastic than sea life by volume in the oceans.
Blue seeks to interrupt viewers’ current state of conscious on the serious issue that is overfishing. Using several filming sites around the world in both populous and remote locations, the film examines the affects of our heavy foot print due to our taste for and dependency on seafood. Several cultures around the world rely on fishing markets for income security and stability. But what happens to these economies when there is no life left in the ocean, and nothing left to fish?
The overfishing of tuna in the Philippines and the illegal fishing practices of sharks in the Indonesia were touching aspects that made the viewer question his or her own dietary choices. The film informed us that 50% of the fish in supermarkets are more than likely illegally caught. As the fish populations of the oceans deplete, industrial-sized fishing companies are fighting to capture the last big fish in existence.
Perhaps the mostinfluential scenes of Blue where of the volunteer scientists cleaning several stomachs of seabirds, revealing tens and hundreds of pieces of plastic, creating growth issues and potentially killing the birds overtime.
The film challenges society’s role in the little discovery of our oceans and the major interest in the discovery of other planets such as Mars. What good is it to educate ourselves about other places in space if we aren’t even knowledgable about our own? Blue ends with several calls and inspiration to action, such as to pick up three pieces of trash each day.
Have we polluted past the point of no return?