“Midway” – Garbage, Garbage, Garbage!

“Midway” – Garbage, Garbage, Garbage!

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Beach Trash
(Flickr:Trevy’s Photostream)

Forty-five years ago I spent a year and half on the island of Okinawa on the other side of the Pacific Ocean from where I grew up in Washington State. I was shocked by the amount of trash—particularly items made of plastic—strewn across what should have been pristine beaches.

Little did I know then about what was accumulating in that ocean: A vast dump of garbage, garbage, garbage!

But what does this have to do with movies? Plenty.

The “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” (aka the “Pacific Trash Vortex”) is a huge raft of plastic and other debris spinning around in the North Pacific Gyre. Some believe it is larger than the Continental U.S. I’ve heard it described as being as big as Texas.

Garbage Patch
(Wikipedia Photo)

At best, “The Patch” is a giant eyesore. But, unfortunately, it also injuries and kills marine mammals and birds.

The Midway Islands, or Midway Atoll, situated about half-way between the U.S. West Coast and East Asia, is the home of the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, which is open for very limited visitation by travelers.

Midway, a documentary film by Chris Jordan (who is not related to me), due out later this year, graphically demonstrates the effects of this marine trash heap on the Laysan Albatross which breeds on Midway. It isn’t a pretty sight.

 You can help fund the completion of this important film project by making a tax-deductible donation to Fractured Atlas.

And as far as “Garbage, Garbage, Garbage!” is concerned, you’ll not only find it floating in the world’s oceans, but as lyrics from Pete Seeger’s song “Garbage.”


“Midway” is the latest documentary film project supported by Tales Told From The Road. Others include “2.5%: Conscious Travel in the World’s Most Biologically Intense Rainforest,” “Landfill Harmonic,” and “Rebels With A Cause.”

“The Ghost Below” on YouTube provides another look at the damage caused by the the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” through an art installation at The Marine Mammal Center by Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang.

“The Ghost Below” was produced by Cynthia Abbott and Jill Lessard of the Community Media Center of Marin where Tales Told From The Road publisher is learning the craft of documentary film making and TV production.

Purchases of music such as Pete Seeger’s “Garbage” from iTunes through links on this page helps Tales Told From The Road continue to bring you a wide range of travel-related stories.

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