In a move that is needed and adds to the growth of nations offering the same pledge, Samoa is set to look at banning all single-use plastic. The ocean has been pivotal to the history and culture of Samoa and they are making a decision that will be pivotal for protecting the worlds oceans moving into the future.
The government of Samoa is looking at instituting the ban starting this January. A government statements said the ban will initially target single-use plastic bangs and straws, while eventually setting a goal to include plastic and styrofoam cups and containers.
“This issue is too large to for us to sit by without taking any action,” said Ulu Bismarck Crawley, the chief executive of the environment ministry, referring to the global problem of plastic waste in the ocean.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans every year with that total expected to triple by 2025.
Millions of whales, birds, seals, turtles and fish are killed when they mistake plastic for food, or when they become ensnared in packaging. Countless examples are found across the planet today, adding to the needed bans that are taking place in some countries across the world including a pilot whale which was found with 80 plastic bags in its stomach.
The government said about 70 percent of all the litter in the country’s waterways and ocean was plastic, which presented a huge threat to the country’s marine life.
In this region, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and some Australian states have already banned single-use plastics, while New Zealand says it is considering it.
The move is one that is needed and can be added to the list of countries that are making a decision to choose the ocean. Unfortunately, there are way too many countries who are not engaged in talks of banning single-use plastics and the only way that will change is by putting pressure on these countries. Start by saying no to single-use plastic and take it further by writing businesses and government officials to end their careless use of plastics.