Campaign Aims To See Great Pacific Garbage Patch Officially Recognized As Its Own Country

If you’re aware of LADBible, the news and entertainment publication, then you might equate them with internet memes, irreverent videos, and a certain kind of humor that skirts the boundaries of good taste. What you might not equate them with is campaigning to raise awareness of important environmental issues. Yet that’s exactly what they’re doing right now, albeit by doing something that is a little tongue-in-cheek.

Teaming up with the Plastic Oceans Foundation charity, they have launched a campaign to have a patch of trash in the ocean be officially recognized as a country. The campaign is the brainchild of a pair of London-based advertising creatives, Michael Hughes and Dalatando Almeida. Together, the collective is lobbying the United Nations to have The Great Pacific Garbage Patch gain official country status, and as a result be able to push the governments of the world into helping clean it up. The garbage patch itself is a section of the North Pacific that has a very high density concentration of plastic pollution within it, often in the form of tiny microplastic particles that are notoriously troublesome to clean up....more