Jono Dunnett, New T.J. (Severne, Starboard) publishes the short film that brings together the filming and reflections of his windsurfing journey from the Norwegian Arctic to the Black Sea:
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In 2017 I sailed from the Norwegian Arctic to windsurf all over Europe.
After windsurfing in Britain – to get to know my islands – now it was time to get to know my continent.
I sailed for 500 days; 20 miles a day; each section of coast; Europe is small in; and – by extension – our planet.
The journey began with snow – 1000 km of Arctic coast: looking for wild lands. I'm not sure if I found it. – or if there is still a deserted coast. I found places where humans can't get walking, but nowhere had humans left no trace.
In the north, were mainly fishing gear. Further south, there are all the things that were once useful. The situation is occasionally sad, but not particularly impactful. Only older fishermen would remember very different landscapes.
Then I reached the Mediterranean.
The contrast was immediate. In Spain – from Andalusia to Catalunya – garbage is dumped through waterways into the sea and rivers of waste reach the horizon.
Plastic is ingested by marine animals; impact complex ecosystems …
Such waste streams are commonplace in Spain, Greece and Turkey. And throughout the Mediterranean basin, wind-powered plastic piles up on the beaches downwind.
Summer tourism brings more plastic. Beaches are cleaned, so tourists keep coming. A few miles downwind, where few eyes will see, there's the real price of convenience.
Fishing gear, bags and other submerged plastics move with currents. They intertwine with marine life; or act as fish bait, remaining turtles and whales.
Having sailed on so many coasts, I'm often asked which is the most beautiful? Demand brings sadness, because I've seen so much beauty, but also the evidence of how we treat our world. When we say “That's nice” we are selective with our attention.
Every habitat of nature can be counted. Every river, Wetland, Forest, rocky coast, Cliff, Estuary – has a beginning and an end. These are the limits of our planet.
Plastic pollution is not our most pressing ecological problem, but it's undeniable and easily understandable. Plastic has reached every coast of the earth. It indicates that our challenges are global.
The sea reminds us that we are in this together – that our bubbles are connected; Inseparable. That all life takes place in one bubble – our planet.
source: Jono Dunnett, New T.J.
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