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Plastic debris on East Beach, Henderson Island. [Photo by Jennifer Lavers]
Plastic debris on East Beach, Henderson Island. [Photo by Jennifer Lavers]

Have you ever heard of Henderson Island? Probably not. It’s tiny. No one lives there. Almost no one goes there. It’s just a tiny dot on the map, halfway between New Zealand and Chile.

In 1988, that tiny dot on the map became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Why? Because it was a “pristine island ecosystem that...

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