Poetry from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

By Harriet Staff

Victoria Sloan Jordan reads two poems inspired her visits to Midway Atoll at TedxGreatPacificGarbagePatch. Jordan originally traveled to Midway Atoll as part of the MidwayJourney.com team, a project that brings artists to witness and comment on the environmental devastation on the islands, particularly the effects on the albatross population.

Midway Atoll is a collection of three small islands in the North Pacific, about halfway between the U.S. and Asia, and one of the remotest places on earth.

It is located near the apex of the Pacific Garbage Patch, a swirling soup of millions of tons of plastic pollution. The islands are covered with plastic garbage, illustrating on several levels the interconnectedness and interdependence of the systems on our finite planet.

Originally Published: December 19th, 2010