Sadly, we all know that our oceans and seas are threatened by plastic waste materials that humans produce and carelessly discard. We've seen sea turtles become the poster child of this problem - and yet their plea is only the tip of the trashberg. The implications of plastic waste affects us as well - as microplastics have been proven to leak hazardous chemicals that can enter our bodies through what we eat from the ocean and cause compromised immune function and stymied growth and reproduction.
There's NO time to WASTE come and be part of the movement to SAVE OUR SEAS!
The oceans and seas provide so much of what humanity needs to survive. They keep us fed with the bounties of flora and faunta that live beneath the water. They regulate our climate and keep the planet's temperature conductive to life. Most importantly, the oceans and seas are where most of the Earth's oxygen is produced - without which we obviously could not survive.
But it's not a simple matter of cleaning up what's already in the water. 80% of ocean plastics come from land-based sources - this means that solving the problem starts with preventing plastic waste from making it to the water in the first place.
To break that fact down, 20% of the 2.7 MILLION metric tons of plastic that we generate every year ends up in the seas and oceans through our rivers. 7 of the top 10 plastic pollution emitting rivers in the world are in the PH meaning our country tops the share of global plastic pollution that comes from rivers.
|Rest of the World
Share of ocean plastics that come from the largest emitting rivers:
|Rio Grande de Mindanao