The most important news story ever. Ever.

By JE Sved on June 26, 2011

PARIS (Herald de Paris) – Forget the economy.  Forget wars.  Forget campaign rhetoric.  Forget the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  Forget your favourite sports team.  Forget the colour of Michelle Obama’s dress.  Forget  Lindsay Lohan.  Forget the Anthony circus – er – trial.   Forget the Middle East.  Forget  politicians with photographs of their weiners.  Forget geo-engineered weather.  Forget Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Forget French politicians with pregnant wives.  PLEASE forget that derelict with the radio voice.  Forget Muammar Muhammad al-Gaddafi.  Forget The Biggest Loser.  Forget Royal Weddings.  Forget Wimbledon.   Forget Fidel Castro.  Forget Strauss-Kahn.

Forget Oprah.

Why?  Because the one thing we should all talking about – every single day – is being left for artists to discuss in lectures.   Hello?  Are you out there?

Here’s the bottom line – if we continue to put everything ahead of the warning signs our planet keeps putting under out noses, all of that other stuff means nothing because we, as a species, won’t be here, anymore.  I don’t know how much more important a story can get.

I’ll even make it easy for you – you won’t have to read a thing … just please watch this:


Comments
Richard Yniguez June 26, 2011

Incredibly sad as we murder our planet, our future! I am speechless and overwhelmed by the visuals, the agony of eating what they thought would nourish them! When will we, the world, take responsibility?

This should be required viewing in our schools so young minds can see what their parents are leaving them! Maybe it will spur them on to do something about their own future, that we selfishly are destroying!!!! Gluttony, greed, etc…the 7 sins are alive and well…

Thank you for bringing this to my attention and I’m only one person but you got to me… now what am I going to do about it?

Richard Yniguez

Luz Hernandez June 26, 2011

Heartbreaking… brought me to tears… I am showing this to my kids… we recycle and take our own bags to the market.. we are trying what else can we do? Thanks so much for sharing Richard..

Brian June 26, 2011

The signs have been here for so long. Unfortunately like history, we our bound to keep repeating ourselves. Humans are NOT as smart as we think we are. If we were, this problem WOULDN’T EXIST.

Magda Flanagan June 26, 2011

This is verry sad belive me i no frist hand i bought a new home in newton nc and thats what did here and no one cares see video RnFKBGYHHjY the town could care less its verry sad .

Marg Allen June 27, 2011

Eye opening! In my home I recycle…paper, plastics. I assume the “stuff” is going to plants where it is broken down and re-used. I had heard that tons of bags of garbage leave NY harbour on barges and are simply dropped into the Atlantic off the coast of NY. Is all this “recycle” movement simply a beaucratic sham? It would seem so.I am sending this on to several friends. Thank You!
Marg Allen
Sarnia, Ontario
Canada

Ronr June 27, 2011

Birds don’t normally eat plastic and some are very specialized in what they consume. I’m wondering if there isn’t something else going on here that’s causing them to depart from normal diet..

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Ginger Masters June 27, 2011

Oh my goodness :cry

I’ve been buying glass refrigerator storage for the last year. It’s expensive, and, I’m def broke, but I can afford some once a month. Garage sales and Salvation/Goodwill have them. I hate drinking out of plastic, why would I store my food in it?

That’s it. I’m done.

Jan Rizzuto June 27, 2011

This is sooooooooo sad. It makes me think that we really screwed up as a people on our planet. I take some responsibility in this myself. I dare to wonder if anything we attempt to do can help. Is there any help in sight? And who can we, as individuals, trust ? I don’t believe such a word exists when it comes to the burden of recycling the dispersement of plastics . Where do we put our refurbished recyclables? Obviously the people who we put in charge of these matters have botched this up majorly ! I thank you for bringing this to my attention – to the world’s attention. But – what do we do about this now? I would like to help – but HOW is an excellent question. Do you have actually an answer to this? You have the resources to bring this to our attention. do you have the resources to bring this to the people that can actually DO something about this? You’ve done a GREAT thing so far – by bringing this to our attention. I thank you for sharing :) ~~

nancy albin June 28, 2011

I am … all I can say is forgive us mother earth & lord have mercy.

Bert Bellekom June 28, 2011

Laat alle wereld leiders deze schokkende beelden maar zien, al zouden we maar een beging maken om dit zelf vernietigende proces te stoppen,wij hier in the netherland’s zijn eindelijk begonnen met inzamelen van plastic,het is niet makkelijk mensen te motiveren om mee te doen,omdat de meeste mensen niet geloven dat het ingezamelde plastic of glas ook daadwerkelijk hergebruikt wordt.ik heb heel respect voor iedereen die zich daar voor inzet.

(Translation from original Dutch)

Let all the world leaders such shocking images but see, though we only committed to make this self-destructive process to stop, here in the netherland’s have finally started collecting plastic, it’s not easy to motivate people to participate, because most people do not believe that the collected plastic or glass is actually recycled wordt.ik have a great respect for everyone who is there for use.

bobdevo June 28, 2011

humans are a cancer on the planet. period.

Kathy Michels June 28, 2011

I am swearing off all plastic….

Delia June 28, 2011

Who is to blame?
Scientists and Chemists from long far away…?
Us all, for having consumed without warning beforehand…?
“Anyone can tell wether Scientists or Chemists from other centuries “did know” this would ultimately Happen?”

Now we DO KNOW.

Delia June 28, 2011

Who is to blame? Scientists and Chemists from long far away…? Us all, for having consumed without warning beforehand…? Anyone can tell wether Scientists or Chemists from other centuries “did know” this would ultimately Happen? Now we DO KNOW.

Rick June 29, 2011

Where I live in the southeast of the U.S. very few people bother to use reusable bags when they grocery shop. I have been using them for over 3 years and I really thought that more and more people would adopt the habit in a short time. Boy, was I wrong. Whenever I grocery shop (unless it’s at an organic food store, where I can’t afford to shop most of the time) I am almost always the only one bringing in reusable bags. It sickens me to see people walking out of the store with carts filled to the brim with groceries in plastic bags. This should not be a political issue but most conservatives think that any attempt to try to clean up our environment or to restore the proper balance to it is nothing but the tree-hugging liberals’ desire to control their lives or whatever. I really have a hard time grasping how anyone, liberal or conservative, cannot see how our throw-away society of mass consumption is finally catching up to us and throwing all of nature out of sync.

Tebbe June 29, 2011

Forget blame what can we do is it reversible? Can we find our way back?

Zipper June 29, 2011

Beautiful music, but I’m not too persuaded that this is “the most important news story ever”.

This talk involved a lot of rhetoric. How many birds did he find that *didn’t* have plastic inside them? How representative was his sample etc? Was the plastic just inside the digestive system? (In some of the pictures, it looked as though the plastic was mixed up in the whole carcass – maybe when birds die and start decomposing out in the water, their carcasses trap plastic and carcass+plastic gets washed ashore and the plastic had nothing to do with the birds’ deaths.) He implies that Midway Island is representative of the whole world because it’s so distant from the continents – “If plastic pollution is there, then it’s everywhere” – but maybe not. Maybe there’s some explanation for why it’s particularly bad there. Perhaps the Pacific Gyre? Isn’t that why the Pacific Garbage Patch is where it is? Plastic from all over the ocean is getting concentrated in a relatively small area.

Furthermore, even if the plastic does harm the birds and other animals (which is unfortunate – I’m a vegetarian because I care about animals) I still don’t think this is the most important news story ever. Why does so much environmental stuff have to involve scaremongering? What about, for example, the fact that 22.5 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa have HIV?(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV/AIDS_in_Africa) Or that about a million people die from malaria each year? (http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/malaria/en/ind
ex.html) These *should* be among the biggest news stories.

I think the environmental movement, while of course important, needs some perspective. “Cool It” by Bjorn Lomborg is a great place to start. :o )

Sandra Norris June 29, 2011

This is horrific. What can we do. Some things only come in plastic and I am sure the plastic industry doesn’t want us to know about this. We have got to do something. What can we do????

Clare Linder June 29, 2011

Sunrise Beach Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa.
Blue sky, sunshine, sparkling air, gulls hovering above, many dog walkers, tide gently flowing in, – idyllic? – Ocean sick, waves vomiting contents of sea onto beach – plastic bottles of every size, plastic bags, sheets of plastic, plastic twine, more plastic. Dead Cape Gannet. Goodbye whales, dolphins, fish, seabirds. So sorry my grandchildren will not know any of you in the near future. So sad.
by: Clare Linder 12 June at 21:34

I posted the above message on FB after walking on the beach. I believe we can and must take action against the multinationals and whoever, who manufacture and sell plastics in all their forms and and insist that they stop. In the meantime recycle, recycle recycle. Be present & aware every moment of how we are destroying the planet and our universe where there too there is a horrendous amount of garbage floating. We are all responsible.

RDub June 29, 2011

To quote George Carlin:

“The planet is just fine. It’s the people that are f**ked… The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, “Why are we here?” Plastic, a**hole!

So, the plastic is here, our job is done, we can be phased out now. And I think that’s begun. Don’t you think that’s already started? I think, to be fair, the planet sees us as a mild threat. Something to be dealt with. “

jovolan June 30, 2011

Well, I am traumatized, my heart is broke beyond repair, my spirit has been humiliated, my tears drip pounds of pain, i am disgusted with my self and all man kind, images of the perversion of mans own gain and greed is overwhelming my every being. this moment of enlightenment has changed every aspect of my life.i will never look through the same eyes as before, my heart will never pound victoriously for the senseless things it has in the past , my Spirit is anew and humble with a conscious like nothing ive ever soared upon before. mother earth i am here to live and respect the four legged and two legged and winged and aquatic life and all that are in between. i am Grateful for this Enlightenment~

ANichols June 30, 2011

That is the most heart breaking thing I’ve had to watch in a long time. Myself being very much an animal lover of all kinds finds the photographs difficult to look at. We as humans, thinking that we are truly doing the right thing to protect our wildlife are apparently NOT. I have always loved nature and will now think twice about how it will reflect on those that cannot speak for themselves , but that we take for granted. Thanks you for waking me up to what is really important in our lives.

Suzanne Foxton July 4, 2011

OK…it’s sad. Stop wallowing in the emotion the problem catalyzes and take action. Solutions? Not too clear at a scientific level yet, but logically it has to do with 1) cleanup and 2) plastic alternatives. Money is to be made in plastics, and the companies that manufacture it need to replace it with something else to protect the livelihoods of their employees. (It’s never as simple as it seems. A lot of human suffering accompanies radical lifestyle change, i.e. from oil to renewable or from plastics to non-polluting alternatives.) Don’t be too hard on the human race. Here we are, feeling guilty but more productively acknowledging the problem and pooling resources to come to a solution. Heart-breaking, traumatic, people suck, blah blah blah…not useful. Let’s roll up our sleeves, dig in and DO something about it…extremely useful!

Sarah Cluster July 6, 2011

Where is the Seattle Times article about the young whale that just rolled up on shore dying of the garbage in its stomach. 26 plastic bags .. 7 pairs of pants … etc. etc. … sickening isn’t it … we really have made a mess

zelda tallman July 11, 2011

This is heartbreaking.

If you want to make a difference, and do something to help change our path of destroying our oceans, please check out a nonprofit called The Clean Oceans Project. There you will see how you can become involved in helping to remove marine plastic pollution from our world’s oceans. We have developed a system for locating, removing and disposing of plastic from the gyres in an environmentally sustainable way. Please go to thecleanoceansproject.org for more information.

janus July 16, 2011

I think what makes me most uncomfortable is that the people who actually were at this presentation and most directly affected by the mood and tone of the piece still didn’t refrain from applause. When simple instructions such as doing nothing are hard to follow when conditioned to respond (in this case applaud) how late will the response be when we tell future generations to stop doing what we have been conditioned to do, that is to waste.

Pat King July 17, 2011

Let’s take just one commercial item…bottled water. Why is it still on the market ? I am 83 years old and my time is shorter, but I recall many warnings of this impending disaster. Where does our garbage go ? Out of sight out of mind ? There have been constant warnings of what the human mind is creating. Do you ever come home from costco and see the throw away paper, plastic items, the huge containers around just one pie, for instance. It is appalling the throw away society we have created, but indeed we are not throwing things away it appears. We our getting plastic out of sight, but in Midway the results are clear. I totally agree with the author of that piece. It is an event that requires instant abstinence…….in other words, STOP MAKING PLASTIC for any reason. Force the issue….. Is that possible ? I can take the pollution out of the water that comes into my home, with my BRITA. The filter makes the water drinkable. I don’t need the plastic bottled water. This is only the tip of the iceberg. It requires a complete screening of what comes out of our factories and comes to us in the grocery store, restaurants and nearly everywhere you shop. STOP NOW and take charge of our future. Do we need a law ? What do we need ? The problem has been clearly identified but the solution is very foggy….why is that ? We need answers and we need action. Please, get involved and become part of the solution. Lord have mercy.

Deandra July 25, 2011

Now I feel suitpd. That’s cleared it up for me

Paul April 9, 2012

This is sad indeed. Luckily, Mother earth will extinguish us long before we kill her.

vuilliomenet April 30, 2012

its horrible, massacre, i am ill to see

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