IS CHOK­ING ON PLAS­TIC

Daily Express - - SPECIAL REPORT ON DEVASTATION OF SEAS -

15-mile long plas­tic slick formed off its coast and footage went vi­ral. Mr Birn­baum, 56, saw the video and de­cided he had to act.

He said: “What I saw to­day made me sick. So much of it is avoid­able. There was noth­ing that needed to be here.

“The scari­est thing is the mi­croplas­tics. We can­not see them.

“Fish are eat­ing them and we are eat­ing the fish. We do not know what we are eat­ing.

“This isn’t about sav­ing na­ture or dol­phins. It’s about sav­ing hu­man­ity. We are the species at risk.

“In the UK the av­er­age fam­ily uses 700 plas­tic bot­tles a year at home. In the US the av­er­age fam­ily gets through 2,000 a year.”

The former Is­raeli navy of­fi­cer, who trained with the Royal Navy at Portsmouth, added: “The so­lu­tion has to be the ces­sa­tion of the use of sin­gle use plas­tic.

“Plas­tic should not ex­ist. Some prod­ucts – such as straws, cups and bags – should be il­le­gal. There are some evils in the world you just can­not turn your back on.” Mr Birn­baum, who is

Ex­press man John Ing­ham sur­veys the plas­tic rub­bish on Roatan where 4.5 tons were col­lected by cam­paign­ers within hours

Man­grove beach un­der wa­ter and, be­low, plagued with plas­tic

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