Plastic Waste and Industrial Pollutants Turning Blue Planet to Black

by May 31, 2018 0 comments

Plastic Waste and Industrial Pollutants Turning Blue Planet to BlackAs reported by Divya Giri, Mark Brownlow, a producer and director of Blue Planet II, discovered that industrial pollutants and plastic waste are a deadly cocktail that are destroying the marine life.

After screening two episodes of Blue Planet II on the big screen in India, Sony BBC Earth will soon broadcast its show on the Indian television. Focussing on marine life and its mysteries, the show has been narrated by the Godfather of natural history, Sir David Attenborough. The seven-part series about the richness and variety of underwater life across our planet was shot over 1,406 days with 125 expeditions across 39 countries. Legendary composer Hans Zimmer has created the score for the series.

Series Producer, Mark Brownlow, shared the unique and untold stories of the underwater world in a phone interview.

“From childhood, I used to love watching documentaries of ordinary life and it turned out to be my passion. So, after growing up, I joined BBC and now I want to present this series for the new generation” said Brownlow.

There were lots of challenges which he faced while making this series. He traveled to difficult locations and shot in life-threatening environs, Brownlow said. The adventures and risks he undertook were to bring awareness about marine life, the natural history expert professes. He wants people to connect with the series and know about different water animals since there is very little awareness about marine creatures.

“Our team worked really hard to get these stories featured for the series and to make sure there’s an audience connect,” he said.

Unfortunately, there is no dearth of plastic in the ocean and the Blue Planet II team had a really difficult time working around it. Every year, hundreds of whales lose their life because of the plastic waste polluting the ocean-bed. The marine mammals get stuck to the plastic, which ends up poisoning them. Human activity is killing whales, said Brownlow. They lose their lives not just from the plastic waste but also industrial pollutants, which flow into the water. It makes a deadly cocktail for the marine life, he said. He added, “pollution are the biggest problem in today’s world”.

As a natural history expert, he also found it challenging  to work on a series on marine life. Brownlow has produced many popular natural history documentaries like Planet Earth II, Hidden Kingdoms and Ocean Giants. Another challenge he faced was in working with a new team. Making this seven-part series was possible with great equipment, divers and scientists on the team.

If they have been able to unlock the ocean’s secrets it was made possible only because of new technology, which helped them to collect data about the depth the ocean. Technology has worked like magic for them to discover more about the water world. With scientists on the team, they were able to uncode the data about the water bed and the different kinds of small species that live inside it.

As the producer of the show, he wanted to introduce those walking on two legs to the world under water.

“We are the first people in the history of mankind to dive to 200 m in the ocean, shift the icebergs that were blocking the passage of the ship. The challenge was in diving so deep and coping with the extreme cold in Alaska,” he said.

For future projects, he said that he wants to cover the frozen part of the planet and reveal its secrets to the world.

Writer: Divya Giri

Courtesy: The Pioneer

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