60-90% of marine litter is plastic?
Did you know that each year about 8 million tons of plastic ends up in the oceans?
Did you know that each year, over 4 billion coffee cups end up in landfills?
Did you know that up to 51 trillion micro plastic particles are already in our oceans?
Did you know that by 2050, an estimated 99% of seabirds will have ingested plastic?Why do these numbers matter? With increased human activity both on land and seas, and unsustainable production and consumption habits, our oceans and other world’s bodies of water are getting more and more polluted. These numbers matter, because not only are the oceans a source of protein to millions of people worldwide, they also produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere. According to some estimates by year 2050 oceans will be populated more by plastic than fish, if the current trend of plastic dumping continues. This is unacceptable.
In response to this global environmental problem, this month, UNEP launched an international campaign called “CleanSeas.” Committed to eliminate major sources of marine littering, waste created by humans that has been discharged into the coastal or marine environment, by the year 2022, UNEP is urging governments, private sector, and consumers to reduce production and usage of micro plastics and single-use plastics.
So far 10 countries have joined the campaign, including Indonesia, Uruguay, Belgium, France, Norway, Sierra Leone, and Costa Rica. Indonesia, one of the largest plastic polluter in the world, coming in the second place only after China, has pledged 1 billion US dollars annually to cut its marine litter by 70 percent by 2025. While France has pledged to ban single-use plastic cups, plates, and cutlery by year 2020. This controversial ban will force all packaging manufacturers to produce disposable dishware with biological, not petroleum-based, materials.
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