Campaign for Pacific waste island to be considered a nation
In an exercise to raise awareness of the problem of the Pacific Ocean wasteland, the Plastic Oceans Foundation has launched a campaign to call for all that garbage heap to be officially recognized as a country, The Trash Isles.
The campaign states that, according to Article 1 of the 1993 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States, a country must be able to: have a defined territory, form a government, interact with other states and have a permanent population . The Great Garbage island of the Pacific has borders (more or less) and it is easy to create a government and institutions to interact with other states. Now that former US Vice President Al Gore has become the nation’s first citizen and more than 100,000 people have signed the petition for citizenship, the campaign has filed its application earlier this month the United Nations, to recognize The Trash Isles as the 196th country in the world.
According to the publication LadBible, who collaborates in the campaign, “if you think this is ridiculous, please value the idea that there is an accumulation of litter the size of France in the ocean.”
In addition to being the 196th country in the world, The Trash Isles would be the country number 40 by size of area with about 700,000 km².