French documentary "The Mermaids´ Tears: Oceans of Plastic" takes the viewer into the "plastic soup" that our global seas have become. In particular, the film focuses on the pollution that is affecting countless marine animals.
In the Netherlands, for example, scientists who were looking into the decline of the nation’s fulmar bird discovered plastic in 95% of the deceased birds’ stomachs, while in California, USA, dolphins and whales have been found to have died in extreme agony, with their digestive tracts completely blocked by plastic debris.
The phrase "mermaid tears" refers to the small pellets of plastic resembling fish eggs or even smaller that have been spilled in the transport of raw plastic materials, or have been broken down as granules of waste over the years.
With every square kilometer of ocean now containing an average of 74,000 pieces of plastic, these so-called mermaid’s tears are nearly impossible to clean up.
Directed by Sandrine Fevdel of France, the film’s thoughtful look at the destructive effects of plastic pollution has earned it numerous awards, including Best Environmental Film at the Prague Festival and the Greek Public Television Broadcasting Award at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2010.
Our heartfelt thanks, Ms. Feydel for this documentary, which makes clear the plight of marine animals in the face of human contamination of the oceans. May we all move rapidly to reverse these harmful effects and restore the health of our planet and oceans.
Ever-concerned for the balance of life on Earth, Supreme Master Ching Hai has often spoken of ways that humanity can show more care for the beings that depend on our actions for their survival, as during a May ２００８ videoconference in South Korea.