September 05, 2014
The vastness of the ocean has made it a natural go to spot for getting rid of what we don’t want. But since the advent of plastic more than 50 years ago, even the seas might be reaching a saturation point.
In this episode of The Coastal Citizen, we look at why and how we treat the ocean like a garbage dump, how it's affecting us, and what we’re doing to clean it up .
We walk the beaches of McNab's Island in Halifax Harbour, and then go into the sewer system to find out how so many tampon applicators (and other plastics) are making it into our oceans. And then we hear about the growing problem of microplastics: tiny plastic particles in our water that are likely affecting fish and ocean wildlife.
Featuring voices and sounds of: Cathy McCarthy, Patrick McMannis and other Friends of McNab's Island clean-up volunteers, Lewis Stewart inside one of Halifax's many sewage pumping stations, Olivia Paitich, and Alysse Mathalon.
The Coastal Citizen is produced by Erica Butler for CKDU FM, with funding from the Community Radio Fund of Canada.
Special thanks to Pierre Loiselle for production help and mentorship.