The problem with plastic and a throw away society The production and consumption of plastic packaging derived from fossil fuel has exploded in the last decade. A mountain of scientific evidence has now confirmed that society’s addiction to plastic has created an environmental disaster never seen before. By 2050 it is predicted that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean and over 90% of sea birds will have ingested plastic. Birds, fish and mammals are being poisoned and entangled by plastic and other pollutants they absorb. Plastic is now found in seafood that we eat. This terrible injustice to future generations and planet Earth needs to be urgently addressed. The current response has sadly been woefully inadequate in mitigating the crisis. A quantum leap is required to change our economic system to one that is circular and kinder to the environment and health.
Every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans. By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean, by mass, unless we change. There are more pieces of micro plastic in the ocean than stars in the galaxy (UN) The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it. Our addiction to plastic packaging could be as harmful to the environment as climate change. 1 million seabirds and more than 100,000 mammals are killed by ocean debris annually. More than 85% of marine debris originates on land.
You Can Make A Difference.
Each of us can make a difference by supporting businesses that have reduced their use of single use plastics, by supporting organisations that are protecting our environment, by making small changes at home, by sharing and talking to others.
“It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” ― Mahatma Gandhi