Images captured last year off the Honduran island of Roatan by photographer Caroline Power shows that the once clear and icy blue waters are now, they are congested and filled with pollution. The waters around the island were once pristine but now trash extends almost five miles wide, and they’ve been killing the local ocean life.
After snapping the images, Powers posted them to social media along with a plea for help:
“THIS HAS TO STOP. Think about your daily lives,” she wrote on Facebook. “How did you take your food to go last time you ate out? How was your last street food served?”
“Chances are it was styrofoam and served with a plastic fork and then put in a plastic bag. Do you still use plastic garbage bags?” Powers continued. “Plastic soda bottles? Ziplock bags? Plastic wrap on your food? Do you buy toilet paper that comes wrapped in plastic instead of paper? Do you put your fruit and veggies in produce bags at the grocery?”