Does Plastic Pollution Effect Marine Life? Effects of Ocean Pollution
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Plasttic is used it a lot because it’s durable and plastic is terrible because it is durable. Almost every piece of plastic ever made and is still on the planet in some form or another. Plastic production globally this year is expected to be more than 300 million tones half of which will use just once and then throw away.
Garbage thrown away in the United States can make its way to Antarctica. Plastic in our coastal waters is pulled into the center of massive wind-driven churning circular gyres. There are many other ocean currents also diverting the trash all around the surface of the ocean. In reality, it’s just one ocean with no boundaries
Lord Howe Island is a world heritage site and home to migratory seabirds like the Shearwaters are incredibly helpful because they act like an army of scientists. They travel thousands of miles across the ocean they pick up plastic off the surface of the ocean.
Then they bring it back to their real quarries where they feed it to their chicks. That provides an incredible amount of scientific data in terms of where the plastic comes from its distribution and how it breaks up on the ocean surface.
Jennifer Lavis devoted her life to studying the plight of seabirds. Shearwaters
are incredible birds. They migrate thousands of miles stopping only here to
they’re looking at a diseased shearwater.”
“The stomach it’s very very full and if we look here there’s some very dark pieces. Some very light white pieces and if you see you know as I push on this it’s absolutely rigid completely full of plastic all the way up. ”
Look at that absolutely no doubt that this bird died as a result of that plastic. That is literally a gut full of plastic. It’s quite alarming isn’t it over a range of plastic types and colors.
It’s got everything from the blues and the reds. Absolutely filled with big pieces and sharp pieces
shearwater they examined had an enormous piece of plastic, unbelievable size.
Dr Lavis counted 234 pieces of plastic out of that one bird.
That’snot even a record. Not even close unfortunately so for the species the record is 276 pieces of plastic inside of one bird. The record is from one 90 day old. The amount of plastic found accounted for 15% of that birds body mass.That’s a pretty scary statistic if we translate that into human terms it gets even worse. That would be equivalent to you and I having somewhere around six or eight kilos of plastic inside of your stomach.
It’s equivalent to about twelve pizzas worth a lot of food inside of your stomach.
It’s quite a bit of plastic for just one little bird the parents were trying
to-do the right thing. There’s a lot of squid beaks in here and there’s a
purple color, which is evidence of the squid ink. It’s just a shame that every
now and then they got it wrong and got it wrong in a bad way.
As a Pacific Islander I know that the ocean is in deep trouble. The very authoritative prediction shows that by the year 2050 there will be as much plastic as there is fish in the ocean by weight
Every country uses plastic. We need to start rationalizing that we need to think about reuse of plastic. Single-use plastic it’s got to be on its way out and you know plastic shopping bags are a good example of that. Your family does not need to use them take a cloth bag with you when you go shopping and put your
shopping in there.
We know objectively we cant be
living the way we have been.
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There’s an equivalent of a large garbage truck every minute of every day backing up to the ocean and just dumping plastic into it. We really have to look at ourselves and say do we deserve this beautiful ocean that was given to us