Forget the hokum about global warming. Plastic pollution can be seen everywhere. This problem is here now not some place in the distant future.
The vast amount of plastic trash that enters the oceans is a real problem, a problem that grows ever omnipresent on a hourly basis.
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Our thoughtless use and disposal of plastic is helping us kill every form of life. Fish, sharks, whales, dolphins, porpoise, pelicans, seagulls, etc.; the reefs that support so many forms of life . . . all are negatively impacted by our (unintentional) thoughtlessness.
If the oceans are to survive it begins with YOU! Remember it’s not just a plastic bag.
According to a recent article in National Geographic News, 44 percent of all seabirds eat plastic, apparently by mistake, sometimes with fatal effects. And 267 marine species are affected by plastic garbage—animals are known to swallow plastic bags, which resemble jellyfish in mid-ocean, for example—according to a 2008 study in the journal Environmental Research by oceanographer and chemist Charles Moore, of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.
No, we have a few nations, Japan in particular, that behave with utter disregard to savage, mind numbing killing of sharks just for their fins. Harvesting sharks as a food source is one thing … killing hundreds of thousands of sharks just for their fins and tossing the rest of the carcasses away is criminal waste.
The Japanese apparently feel that all of the oceans fish, sharks, dolphins, and whales are there to feed their voracious appetites for sea food and the rest of the world be dammed. It’s part of their culture, don’t ya know!
It’s time for the US to get serious about banning or (at the very least) addressing the environmental damage caused by the ubiquitous single use plastic.
It is ironic that for a country that has led the world in so many environmental issues that we have such a shameful record of ignoring this hazard … all in the name of convenience, of course!
How’s this for a statistic?Plastic constitutes a whopping 90 percent of all trash floating in the oceans, and that represents as much as 80 percent of all plastic waste on earth!
Last night on day 57 of the BP oil disaster, we heard Obama give the speech he should have given 50 days ago. All through the first half of the speech I kept thinking, “ya, ya I’ve heard that already… move on!“ True to form, once the first part of the “See how tough I […]
It remains incomprehensible to me how ANYONE who talks about saving the environment and the oceans can continue to use single use plastic bags, products, and bottles. Less than a minute into the video, pause it for a moment and take a good look at the contents inside the stomach of that bird.
As Kermit already knows, it’s not easy being green, particularly when you are trying to eliminate the unnecessary use of plastic from your life. I’ve been writing about using less plastic in all of its forms for close to two years hopeful that with education and persistence that change would come. Change is taking place, […]
If you haven’t viewed the art of Chris Jordan take some time, and do yourself a favor. His ability translate social and environmental concerns into visual art we can all understand is immense. He has published several books including “Intolerable Beauty – Portraits of American Mass Consumption”, “In Katrina’s Wake – Portraits of Loss from […]
Readers of this blog know how passionate I am about plastic pollution.
I am equally passionate about fighting pancreatic cancer, I disease my family has first hand knowledge of. Both my mother and my step-dad died of the disease.