IS CHOKING ON PLASTIC
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