By Wendy Lipscomb @ itsafishthing.com
Approximately 40% of the world’s 7.6 billion people live within 62 miles (100km) of an ocean coast. For the other 60%, some of whom may never have even seen an ocean, the seas still play a vital role in their lives.
Oil and consumer goods are moved around the world on vast ships, keeping the wheels of commerce, and vehicles, turning. Most importantly, the ocean is vital to the food chain.
Unfortunately, we collectively treat the oceans worse than most of us treat the inside of our cars. Every year, anywhere from about 8 to 12 million US tons of plastic end up in the world’s oceans.
For perspective, that’s close to three times as heavy as all the elephants on Earth combined.
The scale of the problem is enormous, but it’s not a lost cause. Just like when your dentist says you can avoid further problems with your gums if you brush better and floss often, a change in how we live could be the catalyst for cleaner oceans in the future.
Read on to learn about the true scope of the issue, why plastics in our oceans are such a problem, why we at itsafishthing.com are so concerned, and why you should be too.
We’ll finish by looking at some of the methods currently in use for ocean cleanup, what the future may hold, and what you and I can do to help put the brakes on plastic pollution.
- Coming to Terms With the Problem
- Where Does All the Plastic In the Ocean Come From?
- What Impact Does Plastic Have On the Oceans?
- Looking for the Solution to the Plastic Problem
- What Happens To All The Plastic Taken Out of the Ocean?
- Stopping the Issue of Plastic Garbage at the Source
- Sailing To Glory On Garbage
- Top 5 Ways To End the Problem of Plastics in the Oceans For Good
- We Are All At Fault. We Are All Responsible. We Can All Make A Difference.