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He Was Swimming In A Remote Part Of The Ocean

Any competitive swimmer can tell you there’s nothing more satisfying than taking a dip in open waters. Limitless, silent, and as close to nature as you can possibly be — that is, until a crusty plastic bottle bobs into view.

That’s when Douglas Woodring knew that something was wrong. For a piece of man, so ugly and pervasive, to intrude upon the serenity of nature seemed grossly out of place to him.

To Woodring, pollution is an issue more difficult to solve than global warming — and more troubling. “Plastic does not go away,” he says. “All the plastic that’s been made on the planet still exists.”


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