Did you know that a patch of floating trash in the Pacific Ocean was converted into a Country?
A country has been born out of trash. The Great Pacific garbage patch, a region in the Pacific Ocean that is twice the size of France and filled with plastic waste, has become an unofficial member of the United Nations. Despite this, world governments have chosen to ignore the issue because it floats on international waters. But some people are working to clean up the mess and are raising awareness about it.
LADbible and the Plastics Ocean Foundation collaborated to have Trash Isles recognized as a sovereign nation by the UN, in order for nations to have a shared responsibility of assisting other countries in need. If it gets through, other nations will be forced to clean up this country, which is literally 100% garbage.
Trash Isles fulfilled all of the requirements necessary to receive official nation status:
A definitive area: All of the plastic in the North Pacific Ocean.
A government: It established a monarchy and bestowed the title of queen on Dame Judi Dench.
The capacity to interact with other nations: public relations, social media, advertising, and online content.
Citizens: The initiative called on individuals to become citizens and sign a Change.org petition calling for the UN to recognize Trash Isles as a sovereign state.
Celebrities such as Chris Hemsworth, Al Gore, Gal Gadot, Pharrell Williams, Sir David Attenborough, and Gerard Butler are all residents of a huge garbage patch in the Pacific. Even John Cena, a WWE professional wrestler, agreed to be the country's Minister of Defense.
The campaign attracted over 200,000 individuals to become citizens of the Trash Isles and has reached over 500 million people around the world, raising awareness about plastic pollution. Although it was not recognized as a sovereign nation, the UN did recognize the Trash Isles as a unique and innovative approach to spreading information.