A man named Harold Hackett has decided to go a rather poetic route to connect with people around the world: messages in bottles, a form of communication whereby a message is sealed in a bottle and thrown into the ocean. It seems his bottles, sent from Tignish, Prince Edward Island, have made it to as far France, Germany, the United States, even Africa. By 2011, he had set 4,871 bottles adrift, with over 3,100 responses from people around the world.
Admittedly, I love the idea of messages in bottles, and I think it’s pretty incredible how far this man’s messages have gone, but I am not so fond of the amount of pollution already found in our world’s oceans. 4,871 bottles is a lot of plastic… and to think that over a thousand bottles have not been found, and that he had planned on setting out more since 2011, is a little disconcerting to me. What do you all think? Could this be more of a problem than a creative idea?
To read the article about Harold Hackett’s bottle messages, click here.
Posted by Mary Rose Fiondella