Drowning in Plastic

MARINE LIFE IN DANGER

Plastic pollutes every corner of the earth, is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet and is lethal to all marine life either through entanglement or ingestion.
Our oceans have become vast dumping grounds and floating gyres of trash are growing by the day, eventually washing up onto beaches all over the world. Ellen MacArthur, a solo long distance yachtswoman and founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, warns that by 2020, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
Tons of plastic debris, varying in size from large containers and bottles to discarded fishing nets and microscopic plastic pellets are thrown away every year, polluting lands, rivers, coasts, beaches, and oceans.
The reality is that 80% of ocean trash originates on land.
The great Pacific Garbage Patch vortex is a floating gyre of trash the size of Texas. Floating trash is a problem for all marine wildlife and ultimately becomes a concern for humans as well. Sadly, dolphins, sea turtles and many other beautiful creatures get trapped and entangled in discarded nets, birds choke on plastic, whales die an agonising, slow death, their stomachs filled with plastic.
A study conducted by Santa Barbara’s National Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthese (NCEAS), revealed that every year, eight million metric tons of plastic ends up in our oceans. It’s equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world. By 2025 it is estimated that the annual input will be nearly 20 times this amount – 100 bags of plastic per foot of coastline in the world!

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