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Garbage Guts


Auman, HJ, Garbage Guts, Dog Ear Publishing, Indianapolis, USA, pp. 64 (2014) [Minor Creative Work]

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Aria the Albatross has a problem: She and her seabird friends are barfing up our discarded garbage. Determined to find out why, she sets out on a long-distance flight across the Pacific Ocean. On her journey, she meets other wildlife troubled by trash. Sea Turtle is choking on a plastic bag, Monk Seal is trapped in a strapping band, and Humpback Whale is tangled in ghost fishing nets.

Aria masters both wind and waves, seeking the causes of marine debris and witnessing its tragic effects. Humans, she learns, are both the culprits and the solution. Learn through the eyes of an albatross as you follow Ariaís adventure while she finds courage and hope amid an ocean of garbage.

Aria is the witness to our dirty deeds, and her interactions with other wildlife mirror our own emotions when confronted with the enormity of our collective crimes: her own shock, the sadness of Sea Turtle, the anger of Monk Seal, and the exhaustion and resignation of Humpback Whale.

The causes and effects of our pollution in oceans are revealed as a compelling message that is not only delightfully illustrated but also poetically memorable. When the result of our collective consumerism ends up fouling some of the most elegant, endangered, and remote-living of wildlife, our sense of responsibility to the oceans and its creatures must be questioned.

Garbage Guts was inspired by Dr Heidi Aumanís research on the effects of marine debris on Midway Atollís Laysan albatross.

Item Details

Item Type:Minor Creative Work
Keywords:plastic pollution, marine debris, marine wildlife, plastic, pollution, Midway Island, seabird, plastic ingestion, albatross
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental education and extension
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Auman, HJ (Dr Heidi Auman)
ID Code:105362
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-12-21
Last Modified:2015-12-21

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