First published: 19.09.2017
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Microplastics have been found everywhere in the ocean that people have looked, from sediments on the deepest seafloor to ice floating in the Arctic—which, as it melts over the next decade, could release more than a trillion bits of plastic into the water, according to one estimate. On some beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii, as much as 15 percent of the sand is actually grains of microplastic.
→ “We made plastic. We depend on it. Now we’re drowning in it.”
More than 40 percent of plastic is used just once, then tossed.
→ “10 shocking facts about plastic”
A wonderful documentary series moderated by David Attenborough.
In recent years, our knowledge of life beneath the waves has been transformed. Using cutting-edge technology, One Ocean takes us on a journey from the intense heat of the tropics to our planet’s frozen poles to reveal new worlds and extraordinary never-before-seen animal behaviours.
Enjoy it while it’s online:
As you read this, obscene amounts of plastic are making their way into the oceans – in total eight million tonnes a year or a rubbish truck full of plastic every minute. There is now so much of it, an area the size of France has formed in the Pacific Ocean.
With no one paying attention to this catastrophe LADbible, alongside the Plastic Oceans Foundation, is taking this country sized trash patch and turning it into the world’s 196th country – named the Trash Isles.
We have submitted a Declaration of Independence to the United Nations, but need your help. To be specific we need you to ‘become a citizen’, to pressure the United Nations into approving our application and recognising the Trash Isles. If we become a country and a member of the UN, we are protected by the UN’s Environmental Charters. […]
So, come on fellow Trash Isles countrymen let’s put down the plastic, get off our arses and pull together to ensure the world’s first country made of Trash, is its last. […]
So join Sarah & Tim to become a Trash Isles citizen and make the pledge to cut down the amount of plastic you consume (from using a refillable bottle for water to bringing own own carrier bags when we go shopping) and to make as much noise as necessary until people start to listen; to our bosses at work, to our local politicians, to our world governments.“
“Blue is a powerful film about our oceans. It charts the challenges we face and the opportunities for positive change. Filmed in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the South Pacific and the United States, this stunning cinematic documentary comes at a time when we are making critical decisions that will decide the legacy we leave for generations to come.”
Try to avoid plastic straws and other single-use plastics.
For all you kids, gamers and game lovers: Catch as much plastic as possible and answer the quiz questions…
“By 2050, our oceans will have more plastic trash than fish.
It’s shameful. Half of the plastic made we use just once and throw out, choking our seas and all the animals in it.
But in days, our governments can stem this tide when they meet at a historic summit to outline their clean ocean commitments. Public pressure just got #2 polluter Indonesia to commit to a 70% reduction in plastic waste! Now we need to go after the other top polluters.
If one million of us get behind a global call the Head of the UN Environment Programme will announce our petition from the summit podium and work with us to push countries to ban single-use plastics and let our oceans breathe again. Add your name.”Avaaz-Petition description
Links from Avaaz about this topic
- The Oceans Are Drowning In Plastic (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Arctic Ocean Is Clogging With Billions of Plastic (theatlantic.com)
- Full scale of plastic in the world’s oceans revealed for first time (theguardian.com)
“Protect our oceans from the dangers of pollution by plastic say international campaigning group…” YouTube-Video by euronews Knowledge
A fantastic video by The Ocean Cleanup with its founder Boyan Slat.
More info here: theoceancleanup.com
“How I made plastic pollution more shareable with a Mermaid and 10000 plastic bottles” YouTube-Video by VonWong