Plastic pollution of the oceans is endangering the life of marine fauna and flora.
In 2018, Federica dived into the water again to document, through Giuseppe La Spada’s
evocative shots, how pollution is seriously endangering the life of marine flora and fauna
and consequently the lives of us all.
Pollution of the seas and oceans is one of the most pressing global emergencies that needs to be addressed. There are various types of marine pollution, but plastic waste is causing the most obvious damage: poured into the water in huge quantities, plastic is a material that deteriorates over hundreds of years and poses a real threat to the marine ecosystem. When plastics fragment, the danger becomes even more insidious: because they are not biodegradable, microplastics become part of the life cycle of many marine organisms, from plankton to large predators, becoming a common ingredient throughout the food chain.
In addition to the damage to marine life, the amount of plastic waste in the oceans is one of the most serious environmental emergencies, to the extent that real islands of plastic waste have formed (known as Plastic islands or the Great Garbage Patch). There are five of them worldwide: two in the Pacific, two in the Atlantic and one in the Indian Ocean; huge platforms of polluting waste floating in the waves, covering an area larger than that of the United States and India.
Behind the scenes of Trajectory 2
“As was the case last summer in Lipari, I willingly made myself available to the project again this year to dive into the water in my competition outfit to share with you, through Giuseppe’s photos, the terrible feeling of being surrounded and suffocated by plastic with enormous difficulty of movement. Unfortunately, this is what the fish, turtles and other inhabitants of our seas are experiencing… We must ALL work hard to put an end to this terrible catastrophe.”