You might think the ocean is not important or that it doesn’t affect your life, But you’d be wrong.
The ocean covers more than 2/3 of the earth’s surface, and has absorbed about 25% of human carbon dioxide emissions since 1880. That’s about the same as plants on land. And that’s just for starters.
But the oceans are not doing well, and a huge problem is plastic pollution. Globally, we produce a massive amount of plastic – over 380 million tons every year, but only an estimated 9% of that is recycled. Used for just a few moments, but forever on the planet – all plastic that has ever been produced still exists today.
Millions of animals are killed by plastics every year, from birds to fish to other marine organisms.
90% of the water we drink and 33% of the fish we eat contains microplastics, leading to serious health problems.
We consume the equivalent (by weight) of a credit card’s worth of plastic every week.
By 2050 scientists predict that the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish.
You might be interested in an educational web site called Free the Ocean. It lets you answer a marine-themed question every day, and It’ doesn’t cost you anything. Every time you answer the question, right or wrong, the organization will remove 1 piece of plastic from the ocean. This would be fun for children also, You also have the option of buying sustainable, plastic-alternative products
Check out Free the Ocean