Greenpeace Spain have created their own dragon – at a stunning Spanish islet known to many as the fictional ancestral home of Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen – to fight plastic pollution.
Greenpeace volunteers created a four-metre (13.1-foot) tall dragon – breathing a trail of plastic waste instead of fire – at Gaztelugatxe, near the city of Bilbao, on northern Spain’s coast of Biscay.
The spectacular islet is known to fans of the popular Game of Thrones TV series – set to begin its eighth and final series next month (April) – as Dragonstone, the ancestral seat of House Targaryen.
Greenpeace unveiled its dragon at the scene to launch its ‘Maldito Plastico’ (Damned Plastic) tour which is to travel to locations around the country to spread its message.
Activists posed next to the huge model dragon holding banners reading: “Plastic is still coming” and: “End single-use plastic” to campaign against what has been hailed as one of the biggest threats facing the planet.
Greenpeace is calling on leading brands, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Mars, Danone, Nestle, Unilever, Mondelez Colgate, Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson, to do more to eliminate plastics from their products.
It says recycling is not the answer as nearly 80 per cent of plastic containers end up in landfills or being burnt or thrown away.
Greenpeace Spain’s plastics spokeswoman Alba Garcia said: “We do not want the brands to keep on hiding themselves under recycling or beach cleaning or replacing plastic with other single-use materials.”
She said the organisation was calling on the companies, in partnership with governments and other agencies, to support a transition towards a future without plastic.
Plastic pollution captured the public imagination in Britain after it was highlighted by veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough in his Blue Planet II TV series.
Game of Thrones, the HBO fantasy drama series featuring British actress Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, is about to conclude with its eighth season which premieres on April 14.