DUMP­ING THE RUB­BISH

Scuba Diver Australasia - - Briefing -

The United Na­tions En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gramme has just launched the Clean Seas cam­paign, which aims to erad­i­cate mi­cro-plas­tics (com­monly found in cos­metic prod­ucts) and sin­gle-use plas­tic prod­ucts – the two big­gest sources of ocean trash.

A re­port by the Ellen MacArthur Foun­da­tion which came out last year re­vealed that if we con­tinue pro­duc­ing and dump­ing plas­tics at the rate we are go­ing, there will be more plas­tic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

Ocean plas­tics are a huge cause for con­cern, im­pact­ing hun­dreds of marine species (in­clud­ing seabirds) through in­ges­tion and en­tan­gle­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Mongabay, 10 coun­tries have al­ready joined the cam­paign, with Indonesia pledg­ing to re­duce ocean lit­ter by 70 per­cent by

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