Plastic accumulating in our oceans and on our beaches has become a global crisis. Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences that make up about 40% of the world’s ocean surfaces. By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean.
Studies estimate there are now 15 to 51 trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans – from the equator to the poles, from Arctic ice sheets to the sea floor. Not one square mile of surface ocean anywhere on earth is free of plastic pollution, says the US-based Center for Biological Diversity.
Act now to save our ocean, urges the United Nations. Here’s what you can do:
> Eliminate unnecessary and difficult to recycle packaging.
> Bring your own take-out containers, reusable water bottle and coffee cups.
> Reduce the use of plastic products and cut down on waste.
> Say no to plastic bags and use reusable shopping bags.
> When you enjoy the view and experience on the beach, always leave nothing behind. Collect and dispose of your trash.