It should be no surprise to any living human who is affected in some way by our oceans (and that's everyone) that the world's precious bodies of water are in serious danger due to the plastic garbage that is dumped into them thanks to us humans. Not only are our beautiful oceans in trouble, but the sea life who call the oceans home such as sea turtles, dolphins, and whales are dying at an alarming rate due to plastic consumption.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has had enough. She recently annouced that the British goverment is starting a program with the primary focus to find a way to rid the overwhelming amount of plastic being dumped into the world's oceans.
The projected costs for this program are around $88 million, but it a very wise investment for our future. May also announced that she will be calling on other leaders within the British Commonwealth to participate on helping to end this ever-growing issue.
To make this dire situation as clear as possible, Global Citizen has released some sobering facts. More than 8 million tons of plastic garbage are dumped into the world's oceans every single year. Even sadder, that number is expected to climb as our world's population grows. The fact that several companies make single-use plastic items which are designed to be thrown away immediately after use and are packaged in even more plastic compounds that problem even further.
There are about 500 times more plastic particles in our world's oceans than there are stars in the galaxy. May's plan to attack this gigantic plastic problem is tri-fold. Cause-and-effect research, waste management improvements, and plastic pollution prevention (which will mainly consist of urging companies to use more effective packaging) will be the main concentrations of this new program.
“As one of the most significant environmental challenges facing the world today, it is vital that we tackle this issue, so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it,” May said.
This is a problem that we caused together and being so is a problem that together we can and should solve.