Updated: Sep 26, 2019
Limitless and immortal, the waters are the beginning and end of all things on earth. – Heinrich Zimmer Water is the very essence of life, plants need it, animals need it and so do humans – water keeps us healthy and hydrated. The oceans cover over 70% of the earth’s surface, it is the home of the worlds aquatic life. We admire the ocean, we swim in it, fish swim in it, it’s our greatest treasure yet we are destroying it. National Geographic has stated that over eight million tonnes of plastic trash enter the ocean every year. There is so much plastic in our oceans now that it is even finding its way up the food chain and onto our plates in the form of microplastic that is being ingested by our sea life. Researchers from the University of Ghent say that seafood eaters ingest up to 11,00 pieces of plastic every year. Some of this plastic even retains some of the chemical properties that it had when made such as bisphenol (BFA) which can be found in water bottles has been linked to Endocrine disruption among other health issues. This year the Queen herself has banned plastic straws and bottles from the royal estates in the fight against plastic after Sir David’s documentary on wildlife. It’s not too late to fight back against plastic and claim back oceans and make them safe for not only the future of our children but the marine life that call this vast body of water home. Though we will never truly get rid of plastic entirely as it is one of the most revolutionary materials ever made and it is everywhere, phones, computers, furniture, there are things that we can do to reduce marine pollution and work towards having no plastic waste in our oceans. Refuse any single-use plastics like straws, plastic bags and carry reusable straws, coffee cups, and shopping bags. I particularly like the large canvas tote bags for our shopping, we have two of them in my household for when we go shopping. Use Recycle bins, local councils can provide more info on recycling in your area. Donate items to charity rather than throwing them out, we are fortunate to have a few charity shops in our town that support different charities so we donate any clothing or toys we no longer need to these stores rather than tossing them out. Participate in a beach cleanup, a lot of coastal areas organise regular beach cleanups, so find out if there is one happening in your area, if not you can always organise one and get your friends, family, and community involvement to stop plastic before it enters the oceans. Support: There are so many nonprofit organisations like Oceanic Society, Ocean Conservancy, 4Ocean, Greenpeace and Plastic Pollution Coalition that are fighting marine pollution and need your support. With donations from people like you, they can continue their amazing work.
Together we can all make a difference, together we can save our oceans.