Are we aware by 2050, there will be more plastics in our oceans than fishes?
Did you also know, globally 300 million tons of plastic are sold each year and that 90% of it is thrown away into the sea? Plastic pollution has become one of the most important yet challenging environmental problems that we face today. Plastics are virtually found everywhere. They have become the most commonly littered items in the world and they are drowning our planet. Is that even the real problem? The fact that they are very convenient makes them difficult to eschew.
This notwithstanding, the impacts of plastics pollution on our environment, health and well-being is alarming. Aside clogging our water bodies and increasing the rate and frequency of floods in our cities, plastics thrown into stagnant waters may breed mosquitoes and other non-communicable diseases. Plastics are killing our fish, birds, marine life and organisms of ecological importance. Studies have shown that chemicals leached from plastics are harmful are positively correlated to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancers and chemotherapy resistance. Is this what we want? Alanis Obomsawin, a North American Indian and an Abenaki from the Odanak reserve said “when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish eaten, and the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that we cannot eat money”.
We are all culprits of the problem, and yes! We can all be part of the solution. As stewards of our planet and all the natural resources it provides, it is our responsibility to protect earth. On 2018 Earth Day, we focus on consciously causing a paradigm shift on human attitudes about plastics and cut down that plastic. Below are some tips on how we can achieve this.