On May 11, 2017, Greenpeace Philippines unveiled an art installation on a beach in Naic, Cavite, which is located just south of Manila. The installation showed a dead whale choked by a plastic net, with more plastics spilling out of its mouth.
Greenpeace Philippines is an organization that’s aim is to protect Southeast Asia’s environment from degradation. They were inspired to construct this whale to raise awareness of the devastating effects plastic has on the ocean. All the materials used to build the whale were plastic waste found in the ocean.
Greenpeace decided to construct the whale after 2016, when more than 30 whales washed up dead on shores in Europe. They had all died due to plastic consumption.
Then, a whale washed up on a shore in Samal, Davao. It’s stomach contained fishnet, wood, and steel wire which most likely killed the whale. Greenpeace then constructed the whale to address the plastic issue.
Instead of allowing your plastic to end up floating in the ocean until an animal consumes it, dispose of it properly. Recycle your plastic so it can be reused without causing harm to any marine creatures.