What if I told you that particles no bigger than 5mm in length being dumped into the ocean are accelerating our planet to a certain doom? These bite-sized pollutants, known as microplastics, are absolutely devastating our oceans. The toxic chemicals they release are endangering the millions of species of fish that are consuming them every single day. Their slow biodegradation, and having no way of extracting these microplastics, means that they will remain in our oceans for a
Each year, over 8 million tons of plastic waste enters and pollutes our oceans. This pollution poses a dangerous threat to human health, the marine ecosystems and the planet as a whole. Unlike natural materials, plastic in the ocean does not biodegrade. Instead it breaks down into smaller pieces and is consumed by the sea life, meaning it is in turn consumed by us too. The plastics are also an immense source of harmful greenhouse gas emissions, emitting more and more gas as t
Firstly, what is actually going on in our oceans? Well, it’s no surprise that there is a real worry and fear of what damaging effects we have already done. They’re clogged with plastic, other debris, and are overfished. Us as humans are destroying their ecosystem and polluting the waters. "Did you know that an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic pollutes our oceans every year?"
Charlie Teather Statistics show that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the seas!