Plastic in the ocean is a bit like an exoplanet, Erik Zettler of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research says. It’s a new environment, and we know very little about it. What kind of ecosystems will develop on these new tiny plastic planets, and how will that change things? From episode 1 of the podcast.
Linda Amaral Zettler and her colleagues found something quite amazing: The plastic in the ocean is teeming with life – a microbial world she calls the „plastisphere”. Some of these microbes even seem to be munching plastic – or are they? Meet her in episode 1
In this introduction to the Plastisphere podcast, Anja takes the listener on a journey back in time, from a remote plastic beach on the Big Island of Hawaii to the factory of a big chemical producer making bioplastics. She shares what she has learned about the issue of plastic pollution in the past years.
Welcome to the Plastisphere
Sound of a wave
Terry Shibuya: Saving the environment is so important, because the ocean is like a refrigerator, because the ocean has the fishes, the ocean has the Opihe, the ocean has the crabs, the lobsters. So, in our time when we went fishing we would just take what we need. We wouldn’t be greedy and just, you know, would catch the first fish and throw it back. And that would be like a thank you. And then we’d take so much fishes, take it home clean it, eat it, you know, we would just take what we need.
Music by Dorian Roy
Anja Krieger: Welcome to the Plastisphere, the podcast, on plastic people and the planet. My name is Anja Krieger. I’m a freelance radio journalist and ten years ag o I sat in front of my computer in my hometown Berlin, and I read this article. It described a gigantic swirling area of floating trash all the way out in the Pacific. I couldn’t imagine. And I couldn’t let go of this idea that the remnants of our civilization end up all the way in the middle of nowhere. And so I set out on a quest to understand plastic pollution and what we can do about it. Continue reading “Ep.1 Transcript: Welcome to the Plastisphere”
Plastic has become the basis of our modern lives. And yet, it threatens ecosystems as well as our own well-being. Will we be able to develop a healthy relationship to the materials that we’ve created?
Plastisphere is an independent podcast by German science journalist Anja Krieger. It follows the complex relationships between us humans and our plastic world.