Fragments – singling out plastic pollution

Plastic pollution is certainly becoming more widely know, with people such as Sky, Richard Branson, Ben Fogle and more recently singer-songwriter (and surfer) Jack Johnson chipping in and doing their bit to try and preserve our oceans before it’s too late. The latter from the group listed has just released a new single, called ‘Fragments’. It’s a brilliant song – the lyrics covering plastic pollution and how it’s effecting the planet’s seas – and has been released along with a documentary Johnson is part of, called Smog of the Sea. Half an hour long, the film follows Johnson and a group of scientists and fellow surfers as they travel the oceans collecting information about tiny microplastics.

“Every time I step over the tideline as a surfer, I see the amount of plastic that’s starting to gather and the more colorful it’s getting, not in a good way. And after a show, I look out and see a sea of plastic – the industry I’m part of is contributing in a major way to this problem. I feel a responsibility.” Jack says.

We haven’t had a lot of experience of concerts, but I remember one gig that we attended at a festival. As soon as the last song was finished and everyone flooded from the field, we were shocked to find it covered in discarded litter. The ground was like a minefield of plastic cups and bottles. A sea of plastic.

We always feel newly energised when someone with a big following and the ability to make change happens gets involved and spreads the word about plastic pollution. Last year, I wrote my own song about the negative impact of plastic on the oceans and have performed at various festivals; it is a plastic parody to Labrinth’s Beneath You’re Beautiful and is called, ‘See the sea as Beautiful’. I performed the song at Yestival 2016 and was proud to be part of team made this festival plastic clever; there was no sea of plastic at this event.

Songs are a great way to engage people, and I really hope Jack Johnson’s ‘Fragments’ gets the attention it deserves.

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