Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

UN chief calls for stopping ocean plastic waste

UN chief calls for stopping ocean plastic waste

The choice you make is going to help shape the world and when you refuse the use of plastic, manufacturers will need to find an alternative. Do your kids have plastic toys?

By some estimates, as many as five trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year.

Say no to plastic The same old rule, plastic is hazardous to the environment, and it can really take the sheen away from this handsome world.

The average "working life" of a plastic grocery bag is 15 minutes?

Set a comprehensive waste reduction strategy to reduce single-use plastic and increase recycling rates in its operations globally by the end of the year. When you consider that approximately 71 percent of the Earth's surface is covered in water, and that the oceans hold approximately 96.5 percent of all of the Earth's water supplies, taking a moment or two to think about oceans, may not be a bad idea. We have long outgrown our ability to rely on the water that drops from the heavens, so the sea has become, if we can borrow a phrase, "necessary for life". "Fifty per cent of our students use cloth bags and we have replaced plastic cups at the coffee counters with steel ones", says Dr Nirmala, a teacher, who believes such small steps are the harbingers of a big change.

Another major problem being experienced by all oceans due to pollution is a rapid change in acidity.

Plastics are a hazard in our oceans. "They break down into millions of tiny pieces of micro plastic", Pollett told CBC's CrossTalk. It's been estimated that by 2050, 99 percent of sea birds will have plastic in their stomachs. "On the issue of plastics, this is an issue that the United Kingdom has seen as a very key issue, as do others around the world". In Plymouth today divers from charity Ghost Fishing UK will be retrieving lost fishing equipment and other pollutants harmful to marine wildlife. These chemicals can interfere with hormone function, cause cancer, and affect the nervous system. When we ingest fish that have eaten plastic, the toxins are passed to us.

Each year on the evening of World Oceans Day, the the Empire State Building is lit in blue to honor the world's oceans.

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for individual and collective efforts to stem plastic pollution in oceans, warning that plastic waste could soon outweigh all the fish in the oceans.

The importance of our oceans to every single living being on our planet can not be overstated. Here are a few things you can do right now.

Pursue a strategy to reduce the use of virgin plastic in Card products. Or, you could always start an event of your own! Almost 80% of trash can be found in our landfills is recyclable. The less consumed is the less that is thrown away.

More than 320 million metric tons of plastic are produced every year - and a disturbing amount ends up in the ocean, with much of it accumulating in places like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Use cloth diapers instead of disposable ones.

Choose feminine hygiene products that are plastic-free.

Use bar shampoo and soap.

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