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Winds of Waste: Plastic Bags Land in Venezuela's Paraguaná Peninsula

Categories: Latin America, Venezuela, Environment, Photography

Silvia Castro's photo gallery [1], published by website Prodavinci, shows residents of the Paraguaná Peninsula [2]in Venezuela with bags on their heads to call attention to the damage that trash and plastic bags are causing the peninsula.

Prodavinci explains [3] [es]:

Due to its geographic location, the Paraguaná Peninsula ends up being a great collector of much of the waste from the Venezuelan coast. Additionally, this area is characterized by high wind speeds that can reach up to 35 kilometres per hour. These winds carry plastic bags and light-weight waste, which get trapped in the cardones and cujíes [native vegetation]. Thus, trash traps the whole territory and seizes it, drawing a devastating landscape.