This year we learned that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by weight. Isn’t that insane?
Within the last 2 weeks we’ve read about a sperm whale that washed up on a beach dead in Spain with 30 kilos of plastic and waste in its stomach. That’s the average weight of s 5 year old child - in plastic.
As it turns out about 32% of plastics make out into nature where there’s a good chance of being eaten by fish, birds, and whales.
And humans are eating plastic too. Plastic fibres were found in 83% of drinking water samples all over the world. One study found micro-plastic particles in 93% of the bottled water samples it tested.
The situation looks pretty grim.
Fundamentally recycling your milk bottles isn’t going to change things dramatically enough. It makes some difference and we’ll keep doing it of course. But now more than ever we need a large scale global change in the way politicians think about and legislate for plastic pollution. We need international agreement on a solution that dramatically reduces the production of disposable plastics in the first place, and discourages and punishes plastic pollution.
2018 has to be the year we make a difference to the way we produce, use, and throw away plastic.