We all love a good surf here and there. For some of us, maybe it’s just a swim in the ocean, dunking our heads in, or simply catching some rays. Either way, a day out on the beach is a day spent connecting with the beauty of the ocean – not trash.
In this picture, we see the grave and overwhelming reality of what is happening to our oceans today. And sure, it’s unsightly and unpleasant to have to swim through heaps of trash, but for marine animals, it’s a lot more than an inconvenience – it’s life-threatening.
Currently, around 700 marine species are faced with extinction due to the threat plastic poses to them from entanglement, pollution, and ingestion. An international study from the University of Queensland discovered that 50 percent of sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs. Additionally, a recent study posited that by 2050, 99 percent of all seabird species will have ingested plastic waste. According to a study by the World Economic Forum, there will be one tonne of plastic for every three tons of fish by 2025, and if things go on business as usual, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.
“Plastic is ubiquitous in modern society and seemingly unavoidable. But is it worth risking the lives of marine species, the health of the oceans and our own future in the name of convenience? By taking steps to minimize everyday plastics in our lives, we can crush plastic at the source and give marine life a fighting chance,” says Nil Zacharias, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of One Green Planet.
What Can YOU Do To Help?
While efforts are being made to remove debris from the oceans, improve recycling systems, and innovate barriers to prevent plastic from getting into waterways, we can all take action in our daily lives to stop plastic waste at the source.
If we all make an effort to identify where we use plastic and actively look for alternatives, we can drastically cut down on the amount of plastic pollution that finds its way into the oceans.
As the leading organization at the forefront of the conscious consumerism movement, One Green Planet believes that reducing everyday plastics from our lives is not about giving up anything or sacrificing convenience, but rather learning to reap the maximum benefit from the items you use every day while having the minimum impact.
If you want to learn more about how you can help, join One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!
Let’s #CrushPlastic! Click the graphic below for more information.
All Image Source: Surfers Against Sewage/Caters News Agency/Facebook