Is climate change killing us – time to take a ‘deeper’ look
Where do plastics sit in climate change you may ask – here is some information.
Watch as a vast wave of plastic hits the beach in the Dominican Republic.https://bbc.in/2uFTDIc
Posted by BBC News on Sunday, July 22, 2018
AND this is what WE don’t want to see along our shorelines!
Discarded plastics are killing our world. They (the plastic manufacturers) don’t care, they are making their money, they are supplying millions of toxic poisons to everybody on this planet – for what. MONEY!
They do not care that they are killing us, they don’t care at all, do you understand.
THEY JUST DO NOT CARE that our world is in danger!
oh, and not just the waterways, as per the video – only a portion of our world’s shoreline is shown in the video here, what about under the sea, there is more, more plastics and pollution, and there will continue to be more as the years go by. Unless we start being more proactive.
Yes the sea creatures are suffering!
There are many wonderful people in this world, such as
Clean up Crew – Environmental Divers (find them on Facebook)
folk who give their time to diving into the deep and cleaning up the seabed of the rubbish that is pollution on the bottom.
So, why not think about joining them? How would you like to be part of the wonderful people around the world who give their time, their energy to help save our planet. Find the local group in your area, or nearby, or use the internet to search for something that would be of interest to you, joining with them to help clear the waterways, no matter how big or small, it need not be in the ocean, believe it or not, your local estuary will have plenty to have cleaned out of it – before it gets to the open seas. Take diving lessons, there are always dive schools to utilise, or get a private tutor. Get your dive gear on now. – If you are not into going under the water, there are plenty of shorelines that are in just as much need of cleaning up.
Rubbish that is put there mainly by us, those of us who reside on this one and only planet, the only place we have, OUR EARTH, the home we can never ever replace, and they (plastics manufacturers) and us are destroying it.
Our own backyard
Do you know stormwater runoff in urban areas is one of the biggest culprits of water pollution in the world? Ocean-friendly gardens can be a solution to this problem, as well as reducing flood risk while creating a natural habitat for wildlife, birds, and butterflies. They can also combat climate change by using and storing carbon dioxide.
Did you know that over 90% of single-use plastic is not recyclable?
Plastic bags such as shown above tend to disrupt the environment in a serious way. They get into the soil, they slowly release toxic chemicals. They eventually break down with the unfortunate result being that animals eat them and often choke and die. Have you ever had the occasion when in your garden you suddenly dig up an old slightly tattered plastic bag? Sure you will then throw it out, but did you realise how the bag got tattered? No, I don’t think we do think that far, but of course, its not been through a natural breakdown, mainly, it is from insects chewing on it. Wonder what happened to that insect?
So thinking about the seabed, the pollution below the ocean, the fish and creatures that live there; they are living and breathing in the toxic poisons that are leaching from these plastics and other garbage that has made its way into their living quarters. Threats from marine debris is estimated to be killing over 100 million marine animals each year due to plastic debris in the ocean. Currently, it is estimated that there are 100 million tons of plastic in oceans around the world. AND not forgetting, some of these seafoods actually do end up on our plates as a meal…..
Our ‘PLASTIC’ clothing
Did you know clothing made out of acrylic, nylon, recycled plastic, and polyester shed small pieces of plastic (known as microfibers) into waterways and oceans every day? These microfibers are too small to be filtered out by waste treatment plants and wreak havoc on marine animals and the environment.
It’s frightening to think that washing our clothes can also contribute to the destruction of our environment and waterways, however, you can help with this problem in a few different ways:
1) Try to change and wear clothing that is made with natural fibres like hemp, bamboo, or organic cotton as they do not shed microfibers since they are plant-based.
2) A full load in your washing machine results in less friction between the clothes and fewer fibres released.
3) Use a colder wash setting. Higher temperatures damage clothes and release more fibres.
4) Consider switching to liquid laundry soap, as powders scrub and loosen more microfibers.
5) When you clean out your dryer, place lint in the trash instead of washing it down the drain.
6) If possible, wash clothing inside a microfiber catcher.
Some companies are starting to help
Adidas Pledges To Only Use Recycled Plastic By 2024.
Starbucks is getting rid of its plastic straws. (It’s estimated about 500 million straws are used in the USA each day)
It’s estimated Coca-Cola produces 110-billion single-use plastic bottles each year.
More companies pledge to tackle plastic waste – I guess this is a start but sadly too late to really help our planet.
Anything any one of us can do to help the survival of our seas, animals, mammals, sea creatures would not be a waste of time.
So the next time you are walking along the shoreline, pick up that tin can, pick up the plastic bag/s, pick up the fishing line, left by some of the lazy fishermen who were out catching their next meal, pick up the rubbish as well as collecting shells for the garden or hobby craft.
Helping to save our planet made a little easier.