A Plastic Ocean

A Plastic Ocean is a new documentary that looks at the problems that are caused when plastic waste goes into the sea. Watch the trailer and find out more about how plastic can be dangerous to sea animals and human health. 


Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the exercise. Remember you can read the transcript at any time.


Narrator: I remember the first time I saw a blue whale.

Man on boat: Look, look! (… Wow!)  

Narrator: I’d followed them since childhood.

Diver: Where do you think it’s from? Is it from a ship?

Narrator: I could see plastic everywhere.

  • Every year 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans

Presenter: We were in what we thought was a relatively pristine environment. I started to wonder what was happening in oceans elsewhere on the planet.

  • A journalist who loves the ocean

Narrator: Growing up, my world was the ocean. It’s where I feel the most spiritual.

  • And a champion who dives below

Diver: As a free diver, it was a place where I proved myself to myself. Finally have the opportunity to pay the sea back.

  • A crisis with global stakes

Narrator: Only a fraction of the plastic that we produce is recycled.

Man 2 on boat: This is never going to degrade. It’s got nowhere to go.

Narrator: It’s something that these animals are forced to endure because it was man-made and we put it into their environment.

Diver: The record is two hundred and seventy-six pieces of plastic inside one ninety-day-old chick. If the plastics are in the food chain for the dolphin then they're also in our food chain.

Woman on boat: Exactly!

Narrator: Communities are built on these landfill sites … So sweet potatoes, corn, sugar cane, all growing on forty years of garbage.

Do you have anything not wrapped in plastic?

… No!

… No!

  • To save our future

Narrator: We have to make our life better for our kids' children.

  • We need a wave of change

Narrator: Change is possible! It starts with us!

  • A Plastic Ocean

© Plastic Oceans


Do you use a lot of plastic? What do you think we can do, as individuals, to help improve the problem of having too much plastic in our oceans? 

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Submitted by PolinaLogvinenko on Mon, 08/15/2022 - 19:48

I think, that I use a lot of plastic. People should use less plastic. We should use other material, for example, glass or paper.

Submitted by Rusty_Moose on Thu, 03/10/2022 - 03:33

I think that now people use really a lot of plastik. To avoid the pollution of the oceans first of all peoople should use less plastic in their lives or use biodegradeble plastik instead. We can also use other materials those are more recycble; for example glass or paper

Submitted by fibone on Thu, 03/10/2022 - 03:30

To help the enviroment we can use paper or biodegradable bags instead of plastic ones. If it's possible it's better to buy drinks in glass bottels because they are esier to recycle. And we can also go on a beach or a field and collect rubbish by ourselfs.

Submitted by N_RAJ on Tue, 12/22/2020 - 10:07

We as individuals can't eliminate plastc but we can reduce using it. We should also start thinking how to reuse plastic instead of dumping it.

Submitted by Wind on Sat, 06/06/2020 - 07:06

Unfortunately, there are a lot of plastic wastes in my daily life. Even though people in my nation know how harmful these materials are, some have to use them for their economic activities. However, I've just read great two news online. One is: The three largest toy manufactures are phasing out plastics plastic bit by bit The other is: 50 new plastic-eating mushrooms have been discovered in past two years I hope this initiative in the toy industry and the study on mushroom will be successful to save the ocean animals and preserve the environment.
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Submitted by MyStudyCoachJonas on Wed, 01/24/2018 - 23:17

I don´t use a lot of plastic. But sometimes the companies or stores give you one thing with a lot of platic and that is not good .
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