2050 Oceans are expected to contain more plastics than fish

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Take a walk on a beach, any beach, which ever is near your home. Now look around you. What do you see.? Problably at least one or two and maybe more plastic items. Straws, bottles, bottlecaps, most of this litter comes from land and ends up in the ocean through canals and rivers.

Yesterday the findings of a study by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation were published and the results were somewhat devastating. At the rate we’re using plastics in 2050 the worlds oceans are expected to contain more plastics than fish. This is the outcome if we keep on using plastics in the way we do now. The rate in which we use plastics has increased  20-fold in the past 50 years, and it is expected to double again in the next 20 years. According to the same study the entire plastics industry will consume  more than 20% of the total oil and 15% of annual carbon budget.

The figures speak for themselves. If we keep on using this much plastics and not disposing of it in the proper way  in 34 years our oceans contains more plastics (by weight) than fish. About a third of this plastics waste come from land. Rubbish that is dicarrted by us, humans. More and more wrappers, cups, bottles (beer)cans crisp bags etc are found in our waterways and and amke their way into the seas. Besides it being harmful to marine and sealife and endas up beiing harmful to us humas too. Nearly all seabirds have eaten plastics, fish too. and we eat the fish just as the birds do, 1 and 1 make 2. Think about that the next timeyou drop a Mars wrapper and just leave it lying.

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(source: World Economic Forum & Ellen MacArthur Foundation)