Plastic Islands Larger Than Texas Float in the Pacific
Feature from Paula Felps
Angela Sun was working as a correspondent for Al Gore’s Current TV when a colleague told her about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. As a surfer, scuba diver and ocean lover, the California native was both intrigued and outraged — and her drive to learn more about this growing patch of plastic launched an unlikely 7-year journey.
“When I tried researching it, there was nothing out there on it,” says Sun, who hosts Yahoo! Sports Minute, the No. 1-rated online sports show. “It was like this big urban myth, and it took me seven years to peel back the onion and figure out what it is and why people should care about it.”
That journey ultimately became the foundation of her documentary, “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” which is making the film festival circuit and will have widespread release later this year. Even though she’d heard about the largest landfill in the world, which happens to be floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Sun says that seeing it first-hand was a life-changing experience. She realized that making a film could bring the reality of the garbage patch home to people, and could possibly influence how they consider using plastics in their own lives.