Plastic has been developed as a very cheap material to be used in our everyday lives, however today, it seems like it has done a lot more damage than good. The main problem with plastic is our improper disposal of it, therefore it ends up polluting the environment we live in.
Around 8 million tons of plastic waste is escaping into the ocean from coastal nations annually, and becomes a major health risk for marine life and humans.
Plastic is killing millions of animals each year from birds to fish, to other marine organisms. Almost every species of sea birds eats plastic, and almost 700 species are known to have been affected by the pollution.
Back in 2017, Caroline Power was out at sea, she is a photographer, and near the island of Roatan in the Caribbean, she came across the Great Caribbean Garbage Patch.
Only 15 miles away from the paradise island, nature has been devoured by the plastic waste. The photographer has specialized in underwater photography and has dedicated her own career to highlight the harmful effects of plastic in the oceans.
They were mostly shocked by what they’ve found only 15 miles away from the coast of the island of Roatan, and that way was leading towards the Cayos Cochinos Marine Reserve.
We were on a dive trip to a lot of islands that don’t exactly break the sea surface. They are one of the most flawless jump destinations right now the Caribbean. Wherever we looked, plastic sacks of every kind: chip sacks, zip locks, basic food item, waste, nibble sacks, other bundling. Some were entire, and the rest were simply pieces.
At the point when they hit the trash fix, Power and her group skimmed through the trash fix for just about five miles, seeing unlimited measures of plastic ordinary occasions.
They arrived at a region that was “around two miles wide that had numerous junk lines that extended from skyline to skyline.”
There was likewise an apparently limitless number of plastic forks, spoons, drink containers, and plates. There were broken soccer balls, toothbrushes, a television, thus numerous shoes and flip flops.
Caroline Power included:
To see something that I give it a second thought so profoundly for being killed, gradually gagged to death by human waste was pulverizing. When the refuse is in the sea, it is inconceivably troublesome and expensive to evacuate. The key is to stop the refuse before it enters the sea.
With the end goal for that to occur, we have to improve squander the board, natural training, and reusing offices on a worldwide scale. This is a developed nation (first world) issue too.
Power has also shared her photographs on Facebook, and she urged people to reconsider their use of plastic cutlery or Styrofoam:
Consider your day by day lives. How could you take your nourishment to go last time you ate out? How was your last road nourishment served? Odds are it was Styrofoam and presented with a plastic fork and afterward put in a plastic sack. Do you despite everything utilize plastic trash sacks? Plastic soft drink bottles? Ziplock bags? Saran wrap on your nourishment?
Do you buy toilet paper that comes enclosed by plastic rather than paper? Do you put your fruits and vegetables in produce packs at the grocery store?
I challenge each individual and each business to save your junk for multi week. Separate your natural and recyclables and keep everything else for multi week. You will be nauseated by what number of single-use things you use.
The non-benefit association Blue Planet Society, which battles to end overfishing and the overexploitation of the world’s sea, portrayed the photographs as “mind blowing”, and suspects that speculate the trash floated over from Motagua River in Guatemala after substantial downpours washed it into the ocean.
Conservationists Oceana Europe admitted that the pictures made them very angry, bu also sad, and it was not a surprise to them, and they added:
If we don’t change our behavior quickly, we are going to have more plastic than marine life in the oceans.
Therefore, if we can’t solve the problem with plastic after it gets to the ocean, then we must prevent it by enhancing the waste management systems that we have, improve product designs, recycle more, and reduce the manufacturing of some unnecessary single-use plastics!
Let’s stop being that selfish, and stop destroying the planet consciously.