Robert McPherson

Photojournalist
   
Garbage Cruise
Location: Drammen city
Nationality: Norwegian
Biography: Robert McPherson (b.1982) is based in Norway. He freelanced for Norway`s Aftenposten National newspaper from 2011-2016. For Aftenposten newspaper he covered features, sports, news, portraiture and culture. In 2014 he also freelanced for the... read on
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Garbage Cruise
Credits: robert mcpherson
Updated: 05/21/20

Every year local residents of Svalbard volunteer to clear out garbage along the coasts. Svalbard is a norwegian archipelago in the Arctic. The archipelago is located between the northern norwegian mainlands and the northpole. This year 22 volunteers cleared out 156 cubic metres of garbage in seven days. In total residents of Svalbard have cleared out 1300 cubic meters of garbage in 14 years distributed at 450 km coastline.The garbage cruise is arranged by the Governor of Svalbard. An analysis of the beaches at Svalbard show that the fishing fleet is the main source for littering.Several million tons of garbage ends up in the ocean every year. Most of it is plastic that float like enourmes landfills just under the suface of the ocean. The garbage comes from different activities on shore and at sea and it is captured in gigantic whirlpools in the middle of the sea or transfered north by currents. Plastic, rubber and other less degradable materials can stay hundreds of years in the enviroment and damage both animals and humans. A UN report from 2009 estimates that over 6,4 million tons of garbage ends up in the ocean yearly. In total there are 100 million tons of garbage floating in the ocean around the world. In 1999 the «garbage ocean» was discovered in the northern parts of the Pacific. The «garbage ocean» consisted of a coherent field of plastic and amounted approximately 500 000 square kilometers. Norways area is 385 000 square kilometers.

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