Happy Earth Day everyone. Rosaline Bacchus writes weekly about protecting our earth. Today’s post is particularly stunning and meaningful to those of us fortunate enough to live in 1st World economies.
Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Photo Credit: Marine Debris NOAA
Today is Earth Day 2018. The theme this year is End Plastic Pollution in response to the exponential growth of plastic waste that now poses a threat to human survival owing to its un-biodegradable nature. When exposed to water, sun, or other elements, our plastic waste breaks down into tiny particles invisible to the naked eye. These particles – called microplastics – now contaminate our drinking water, seafood, or even the salt we add to our meals.
Earth Day Network (EDN) sums up the scope of this threat with the following 10 facts of plastic in our oceans.
Plastic waste floating in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Honduras
Photo Credit: U.K. Daily Mail
Fact #1 – About 8 million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans every year.
Fact #2 – Five massive patches of plastics are growing…
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