Ocean Health +
Refuse The Big 4
Plastic pollution is an ongoing concern and problem for the oceans, environment and essentially climate changes. There are currently 5 massive swirling pools called gyres in our oceans across the planet. These swirls of ocean currents converge and contain tonnes and tonnes of plastic. Also known as the garbage path.
The trash collects in the middle of the gyre and is now known as dead zone where life struggles to co-exist with pollution. Most of ends up on the shore beaches of landmass coastlines. We've all seen it along the beaches.
Every time I go to the beach now I do a little clean. It's not much but it's the least we can do to stop it suffocating marine life further. The last survey in 2014 resulted in findings of over 270,000 metric tonnes and approximately 5.25 Trillion pieces of plastic. Over time the plastic breaks down into micro plastics, fish and birds eat this thinking it's edible, obviously this then enters our food chains.
So much marine life dies from ingesting plastic the most common know is that of the plastic whale in Norway. We are currently entering the next mass extinction expected to happen from as soon as 2100. Over the last 40 years we have lost over 40% of animal species all down to human consumption...I understand this sounds like complete doom and gloom but there is hope, we do have a window of change and that time is now within this decade. How can we as individuals help.
The main single use plastics are
- Plastic shopping bags
- Single use plastic water bottles
- Plastic straw
- Single use coffee cup lids
Every day we can choose to consume differently by doing the following.
- Refuse single use plastics
- Reduce our consumer waste
- Reuse what we have
- Recycle and upcycle what we can
- Repair what we can
- Rot - compost! But I use the Rs for impact!
Choose to purchase the reusable big 4. You'll not just help save the planet but you'll also save money and help yourself in the long run too. If you feel inclined do a beach clean. Encourage and share all this information with others too.
I'm happy to come and do a talk and give ideas on sustainability in your group, school or workplace. Just get in touch. Together we can each one of us be an #oceanhero