Oceans of Plastic Waste
I saw this article online and thought it was worthy of sharing, so the author, Jen, wrote this short introduction for the San Juan Update. We humans really need to wake up and make some changes…
The world’s oceans are being polluted by trash every minute of every day. At least 8 million metric tons of plastic alone end up in the oceans each year. That’s not to mention all the other kinds of garbage that winds up in the planet’s largest bodies of water. Dirty oceans pose a serious threat to the long-term health and survival to humanity.
Time is running out. If nothing is done, we will soon reach a point-of-no-return, but the good news is that individuals and large organizations are taking steps to resolve this pernicious problem. It’s important for people to educate themselves about the extent of the trash problem and learn direct, effective ways to work toward a solution. It will take time, money, knowledge, patience, and dedication to make the world’s vast bodies of water clean again.
Nearly 80 percent of all ocean trash comes from litter, construction projects, and inefficient waste management. What can individuals do? Don’t litter. Recycle as much of your household waste as possible. Don’t buy any product that uses single-use plastics. Donate time and funds to charitable organizations that work to reduce ocean pollution. Use water wisely and never waste it. Give your time and skills to clubs and groups that help hold politicians accountable and builds public awareness about the ocean trash problem. Together, individuals and communities can create a solution.