The level of pollution in our oceans is getting critical! In 2014, there was a ratio of one ton of plastic for five tons of fish in some areas of our oceans, and these alarming numbers are increasing every day.
If we don’t act now, oceans will hold a mass of plastic greater than that of fishes by 2050. The consequences of this pollution are already drastic.
Thousands of marine species die each year through asphyxiation or indigestion provoked by the ingestion of plastic material. Sea turtles, seabirds and cetaceans make up the majority of victims of the ever-increasing ocean pollution.
Sea turtles, for example, are unable to differentiate jellyfish from plastic bags: they ingest them unknowingly and suffocate.
The situation is also catastrophic for the seashores, beaches and reefs that are slowly deteriorating due to the amount of waste in our waters. This goes without mentioning the equally catastrophic consequences to the fishing industry and tourism.
But plastic bags are not the only source of ocean pollution and many of our everyday products end up in the oceans. We are all collectively responsible!
Measures taken so far aren’t enough! More than 20% of the overall plastic production could be reused and around 50% can be recycled. What are we waiting for to unite and act? Everyone can have an impact and prevent more oceanic pollution simply by changing their daily consumption habits.