If you’re thinking about cutting down on plastic, these 5 photographs are going to give you the push you need!
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A sperm whale, an endangered species, was found washed ashore dead after swallowing about 30 kgs of plastic debris. The investigation determined that the sperm whale was killed by gastric shock to its stomach and intestines after ingesting the plastic. The autopsy found plastic bags, nets, ropes, plastic sacks etc in the whale’s stomach and intestines.
A photographer has captured the damage being done to the planet’s oceans with a shocking “sea of plastic and styrofoam” image taken near a tranquil Caribbean island. She goes on to report that they witnessed plastic floating for nearly five miles”, adding: “Everywhere we looked, plastic bags of all shapes and sizes: chip bags, zip-locks, grocery, trash, snack bags and other packaging. Some were whole and the rest were just pieces. Sadly, many turtles, fish, whales, and seabirds will mistake those bits of plastic for food.
Plastic bags are not just an environmental threat; they often end up being consumed by cows who have been discarded by their owners and have to depend on community garbage dumps for food. The bags, that they consume whole to get to the food packaged inside the bag, get trapped in their stomachs forever and eventually lead to death for the animals.
Photo credit: Claire Waluda/British Antarctic Survey
Our plastic waste has made it to the bottom of the Earth. The polar wilderness around the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, which flows clockwise around the continent, was thought to be impenetrable. A recent study found the amount of microplastic – plastic broken down into smaller pieces – was 5 times higher than expected. It does not stop there, large plastic items floating in the ocean tend to be ingested by or cause entanglements in seals and seabirds.
Taken at the UN’s Clean Seas Exhibit in New York, Source: EcoWatch
That’s how much plastic gets dumped into the ocean every half a second. While you were reading this sentence, 6-8 such piles just got dumped.
Join us in a movement to purge plastic out of our lives! It’s easier than you think and can make a huge impact. Leave your suggestions and comments in the section below!