Monday, 22 October, 2018

World Oceans Day 2018 Focuses on Plastic Waste Contamination

Around eight million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans every single day Around eight million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans every single day
Jeannette Daniel | 10 June, 2018, 19:41

This is a simple reminder for all of us that our single step towards plastic pollution free planet will lead to a sustainable community.

In 2010 we ranked 11th on the list of worst polluters, being responsible for more than double the ocean plastic than the US.

Oceans serve as the world's largest source of protein, with more than 2.6 billion people depending on the oceans as their primary source of protein.

The guest speaker is Laura Griffith-Cochrane, marine biologist and curator of the Ucluelet Aquarium.

Although the oceans are vast, they are a delicate ecosystem, finely tuned to sustain a wide range of marine life in a carefully orchestrated dance.

With all of that in mind, it is worth looking at some facts and statistics to understand the value of the oceans in our lives and the major role that they play.

Admission by donation to support the work of the Sustainability Action Group for the Environment.

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The report outlines that large plastic pieces injure, suffocate and often kill marine animals, including protected and endangered species, such as sea turtles and monk seals but clarifies that it is microplastics - smaller and more insidious fragments - that have reached record levels of concentration of 1.25 million fragments per km2 in the Mediterranean Sea, nearly four times higher than in the "plastic island" found in the North Pacific Ocean. Of the three, plastics pose the greatest threat to oceans because of our poor waste management habits.

And this year China has ordered 46 cities to begin sorting waste in order to reach a 35% recycling rate by 2020.

" South Africans joined the world and started saying no to plastic straws, plastic earbuds, polystyrene, and single use plastic shopping bags", said Porter. More than 1-million bags are used every minute. Substitute plastics for biodegradable materials, and when you visit the beach this summer collect 3 pieces of plastic and dispose of it in the proper receptacle.

Mr Koonjoo highlighted that worldwide studies revealed that eight million tons of plastic garbage end in the ocean every year. Demand for recycled plastic in Europe is around 6%, the report said. In 2018, the theme is to "prevent plastic pollution and encourage solutions for a healthy ocean". Ocean-based agreements don´t have what it takes to tackle the problem.

Pursue a strategy to reduce the use of virgin plastic in Card products.

"We are the crossroads of our time and only through multilateral action that boldly accelerates the clean energy transition, provides jobs, and eradicates poverty can we meet the magnitude of the challenges ahead".

By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than there are fish. "We are amongst some of the organizations, that use ocean plastics and natural resources like bamboo to create sustainable packaging". It outlined a strategy highlighting more than 60 types of plastics to ban, including plastic bags, water bottles, cutlery, straws and stir sticks.

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