‘Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean’, is the theme of this year’s World Oceans Day, focussing on preventing marine litter for a better future.
Plastic pollution is causing tremendous harm to our marine resources, so much so that the themes for Earth Day, World Environment Day and World Oceans Day this year have all focussed on plastic pollution. This is not surprising when we read that
- 80% of all pollution in the ocean comes from people on land.
- 8 million tonnes of plastic per year ends up in the ocean, wreaking havoc on wildlife, fisheries and tourism.
- Plastic pollution costs the lives of 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals per year.
- Fish eat plastic, and we eat the fish.
- Plastic causes $8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems each year. (United Nations)
Join us in becoming part of the wave of change. Consider what habits you might change then take the pledge for clean seas and make a daily practice of fulfilling your pledge with suggested actions