In a video that quickly captures the state and reality of the ocean today,
artisanal fishermen pull trawlers out of the sea that are completely covered in trash. The video was taken on Arroio do Silva Beach, which is on the south coast of Santa Catarina, Brazil.
While not all of the ocean is polluted this bad, it provides a view into how bad pollution is in some parts of the world and a glimpse of what our planet’s oceans may look like in the future as plastic pollution continues to rise.
With an estimated 15-51 trillion pieces of plastic already estimated to be in the ocean today, that number will only grow at a rapid pace in the future. By 2050, plastic pollution is estimated to outweigh all fish in the ocean.
We’re surrounded by plastic. It’s in the single-use packaging we discard, the consumer goods that fill our stores, and in our clothing, which sheds microplastic fibers in the wash.
In the first decade of this century, we made more plastic than all the plastic in history up to the year 2000. And every year, billions of pounds of plastic end up in the world’s oceans.
Plastic is so durable that the EPA reports “every bit of plastic ever made still exists.” All five of the Earth’s major ocean gyres are inundated with plastic pollution. The largest one has being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
We all need to act on this problem immediately today. You can start by reducing your plastic usage at home and be aware of how much is used in our every day life.
Secondly, petition your local businesses, your local elected officials as well as your state and federal representatives to do something about it. Show them facts and reality. All too often, it is easy to overlook the issue as plastic pollution is something we have become “use” to. But acting today, will make a difference tomorrow.