This stunning BBC nature program was narrated by Sir David Attenborough showcased the beauty and drama contained within the world’s seas and oceans. It even went further than its predecessor Blue Planet in terms of subject matter, such as the whale calf dying from the toxins in its mother’s milk due to the consumption of micro-plastics in the water.
However, in an unexpected twist, Blue Planet II dedicated the whole of the final episode to the blight of plastic pollution on the ocean and how many animals and habitats have come under threat from this man-made menace. The often heart-breaking footage of many marine mammals, reptiles, birds and fish being poisoned by mistakenly consuming plastic or by being tangled up and injured in it, sent shockwaves through the nation.
In an unprecedented move, which felt like an impressive overnight response, environmental issues that had been in the shadows, such as plastic pollution, took centre stage as more and more people were moved and shocked by the extent of the environmental damage it has caused.
There have been many positive changes since Blue Planet II was aired, so we thought it would be only right to celebrate the change in attitudes towards waste management standards and practices when it comes to plastic pollution.