Morning fog lifts at the Chorrillo dock in the Pacific Ocean, revealing small scale fishing boats in Lima, Peru. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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The United Nations should recognize a giant mountain of ocean waste and plastic as an official country, campaigners say, with American environmentalist Al Gore, British actress Judi Dench and thousands of people signing up for citizenship. The Pacific Ocean's "Trash Isles," where waste has accumulated to fill a space the size of France, is at the center of a campaign to lobby the United Nations to recognize ocean plastic as a country and to draw attention to sea pollution.The campaign group has submitted a formal request for recognition to the United Nations to declare the Trash Isles as the world's newest country and has already come up with a flag, a currency called Debris and passports made of recycled materials.So far more than 38,000 people have signed the online petition to become citizens of the Trash Isles.
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