TYPE 06 Plastic Ocean
Oceans make up 70% of the earth’s surface. Besides being a natural water pool for this planet’s survival it is also an essential socio-economic resource and eco-system that makes Mother Earth unique. However, man’s over indulgence with plastics has been suffocating oceans at dangerous levels. Millions of tonnes of plastics end up in the oceans every year. We hope this calendar will bring greater awareness of the oceans’ plight that man created and only man can stop.
STOP plastic use to end plastic pollution in the oceans before time runs out.
Dump Stream - From the drain, to the river, to the ocean.
Did you know that what you throw into a drain could end up thousands of kilometres downstream? It could add up to tonnes of garbage that eventually clogs up waterways and pollute rivers and streams. Your action could blanket the water surface and suffocate life underneath it. Think before you throw.
Bad Catch - A thousand gone a day.
Every year dumped fishing net and equipment end up catching, and killing, one thousand marine mammals a day. Even the giant whales are no exception to this “bycatch” as the dumped mess ends up in the open ocean to accidentally entangle and disable them.
Ship Wrecked - Front yard graveyard in the shipping lanes.
Garbage islands are becoming common sights in the shipping lanes of the world. Upstream waste dumping and as well as dynamic ocean currents are some of the sources of this humongous phenomena. Imagine it can all start from the careless dumping a single plastic bottle.
Ghost Net - The haunting continues.
Abandoned fishing nets can be left on the seabed or floating freely for years. Sea turtles and other marine life can easily get entangled by these ghost nets and left starved, suffocated, lacerated and die. Sea turtles can live for decades in nature but their life can be shortened artificially by these cruel nets.
Dead Pool - Would you dip in a dump?
Did you realised that what is dumped into the oceans will somehow land up as beach litter? Take a walk along the shores of any country and you will discover bits and pieces of debris of far origins. So don’t be surprised that the piece of plastic or garbage you dumped on the beach yesterday may find its way back to you tomorrow.
Sealed From Life - Stop the inhuman act.
Did you know that to date there are 100 million tonnes of plastic debris in the oceans? Where did all these come from? Humans of course. This inhuman dumping act has resulted in the death of many sea mammals, including the familiar circus seal. Yes, seals have entertained us for generations. Don’t let plastics ban them from living.
Bagged For Life - Would you eat a plastic bag?
The common plastic bag can float for years in the ocean. The turtle often mistake this floating plastic bag as jellyfish food and ingest it. Unfortunately, it blocks its digestive system, prevents proper swallowing and eventually causes death. 100,000 sea turtles are killed every year. Isn’t that one more reason why you should say no to plastic bags?
Danger Afloat - Who’s the next victim?
Waterborne debris will pose a serious danger to not just life underwater but also seabirds. When washed aground they end up as beach litter or tidewrack and will cause danger to boats and coasts. Every year 8.8 million tonnes of plastic debris add up to this ocean of mess looking for the next victim.
Deep Distress - Imagine what lies beneath.
Sea life is not the only one encountering marine debris in the oceans. It doesn’t take too deep a dive to see for yourself that many seas and oceans are filled with floating wastes of all types, shapes and sizes. This pollution is set about by humans and it takes simple efforts to stop this deep distress.
Bed Of Horror - The threat of trash goes deep under.
The coral reefs of the earth are not just threatened by climate change but also by millions of tonnes of plastic waste that become vectors of coral diseases. Did you know that corals provide food, tourism income and protection from storms to 275 million people around the world? Coral thrash is solvable. All that is needed is basic proper waste management.
Plastic Birds? - By 2050 every seabird would have consumed plastic.
A new study by the National Geographic Society revealed that plastic trash is found in nearly 90% of all seabirds. By 2050 almost every seabird would have consumed plastic. Plastic waste found inside seabirds include bags, bottle caps, synthetic clothing fibers and tiny plastic bits. Unfortunately, global plastic production doubles every 11 years and seabirds are bound for extinction.
Rethink Plastics - Change is possible to save the oceans.
The thing called plastic is a human creation. Unfortunately, it has become a human addiction. The oceans surely don’t need it. Changing your attitude can create a wave to save the oceans from plastic pollution. Indeed, it is not just about the oceans. Our planet, our home is part of the equation. Take action now.
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