In the 19the century the development of plastics became popular during the Industrial Revolution. Plastics manufacturing is a major part of the chemical industry, and some of the world’s largest chemical companies have been involved since the earliest days, such as the industry leaders BASF and Dow Chemical.
In order to protect the ocean from marine pollution, policies have been developed internationally. There are different ways for the ocean to get polluted, therefore there have been multiple laws, policies, and treaties put into place throughout history. In some areas there have been significant efforts to reduce the prominence of free range plastic pollution, through reducing plastic consumption, litter cleanup, and promoting plastic recycling.
Plastic pollution is the accumulation of plastic objects and particles (e.g. plastic bottles, bags and microbeads) in the Earth’s environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, and humans. Air pollution is one thing but water pollution is another. But marine pollution affects the air we breathe.
Marine life affects the nature of the planet. Marine organisms produce oxygen and sequester carbon. There is no life without water. What beautiful animals inhabit our oceans and mankind is deliberately poisoning them. Not only has it afflicted land but waterways and oceans. Marine debris, also known as marine litter, is human-created waste that has deliberately or accidentally been released in a sea or ocean. Floating oceanic debris tends to accumulate and a wide variety of man-made objects can become marine debris; plastic bags, balloons, buoys, rope, medical waste, glass and plastic bottles, cigarette stubs, cigarette lighters, beverage cans, polystyrene, lost fishing line and nets, and various wastes from cruise ships and oil rigs are among the items commonly found to have washed ashore. Six pack rings, in particular, are considered emblematic of the problem.
It is everywhere.
Marine pollution harms an estimated 100,000 sea turtles and marine mammals and 1,000,000 sea creatures each year. It clogs the digestive tracts of larger animals when consumed by them and can cause starvation through restricting the movement of food, or by filling the stomach and tricking the animal into thinking it is full.
Each human on this planet should be conscious, aware and participate in preventing marine pollution. But I feel indifferent because of how millenials do not care or consciously do not want to get involved. Their focus is on likes, vlogs, and their opinions in social media. My generation is that of the baby boomers who were raised and practice being conscious of world events, respectful to authority and taking care of family. We listen and act.
Otherwise we would be eating plastic trash salmon, plastic trash cod, plastic trash tilapia, plastic trash plastic trash tuna, plastic trash halibut, plastic trash oysters, plastic trash mussels etc. This will give rise to an increase in cancer statistics or even a higher risk of cancer. We would not want to lose a family member from this horrible disease that may metastasize in our bodies from eating sashimi (Japanese prepared raw fish), sushi, seared tuna salad, lobster or scallops.
I am conscious of the six pack rings and found a simple solution, just cut it with scissors. It is sad because some researchers suggest that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by weight. Our grandchildren may never get to see Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach; Aquarium of the Bay, San FRancisco, Monteray Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California; SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida; SeaWorld, SanDiego, California; etc.
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