Hey guys, so recently I’ve been looking into some facts and campaigns to do with the amount of plastic in our oceans, so I thought I’d share some of the things I found with you.
I started at looking at the amount of litter left on beaches such as bottles or crisp packets, because I already knew about this from my personal experience at the beach, but what I didn’t know, is that 1.9 billion tons of litter ends up in the ocean every year. This is extremely detrimental to our oceans and the wildlife in them, because for example, turtles can mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, and they get stuck in their stomachs and lead to them starving because they cant digest food properly. In fact, recent studies have revealed marine ‘plastic pollution’ in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabird species.
Not only is this plastic ocean hurting the life within it, it is dangerous to human life too, because we consume 1/3 of fish caught, and if fish are being affected, that directly affects our health. Also, I was surprised when I found out that ocean life is producing 70% of the oxygen that we breathe, and I feel like this speaks for itself when it comes to questioning why our plastic oceans are so dangerous.
There is some positives we can look at here however, because there are so many organisations that are dedicated to reducing these statistics, such as Surfers Against Sewage. ( https://www.sas.org.uk/ ). These organisations have already made an impact on the amount of litter produced, because they have helped influence government decisions on matters such as the 5p bag charge, and also the message in a bottle campaign is dedicated to getting a bottle deposit system put into place, find out more here; https://www.sas.org.uk/messageinabottle/ . This is already having an impact as Coca-Cola UK have said they support the introduction of a DRS in Scotland.
Even if you can’t make donations, you can spread the word and help out in anything from signing petitions to taking part in a beach clean for free. One person might not make much difference but if enough people do their part it can make an impact, whether it be sending your local MP a letter, or simply sharing something on Facebook.
I really hope you found this post interesting and also feel free to contact me via my contact page or social media (instagram: @mydreamsivebeenliving) for any suggestions or any questions. Byee