Research says that our oceans are in desperate need of saving. An article published by Salon states that,
“the world needs to implement drastic measures to make sure no new plastic enters the ocean as of 2050, which is a major goal of 19 countries and the European Union.”Salon
The plastic issue at hand has continued to challenge our world for many years and must be addressed soon. While the problem of plastics filling up our oceans is detrimental to our environments, marine animals are also impacted everyday from plastic pollution. Whether its sharks with stomachs full of plastic bags, or turtles with straws in their noses, these issues won’t end till something is done. The World Economic Forum even states that plastic pollution will outnumber the amount of fish in the ocean by 2050 if solutions aren’t deployed. An article endorsed by the UN provides solutions that consist of:
“reduce growth in plastic consumption,” “substitute plastics with suitable alternative materials,” “design products and packaging for recycling,” “expand waste collection rates in the Global South,” “increase mechanical recycling capacity globally,” “scale up global capacity of chemical conversion,” “build safe waste disposal facilities” and “reduce plastic waste exports.”
Changes like these have started to happen in many common places such as restaurants, stores, and supermarkets. Plastic producers must begin to take responsibility for their effects on our environment and it all starts with these solutions.
I believe that these eight solutions should be implemented in countries all around the world to put an end to this issue. Some of you may have noticed these being used today in our everyday lives. By taking action and helping little by little, these changes will drastically change our oceans and marine ecosystems for the better.