Marine life is a beautiful and delicately balanced ecosystem which I’m privileged to have had the opportunity to see close up. From reef sharks, turtles and Manta rays to seahorses, Angel fish, and sea polyps – the vastness and diversity of life under our oceans are overwhelming. Yet whilst a lot of people go about their daily lives unaware of these ecosystems human beings are, by the way in which they live, bringing harm to these beautiful areas of the planet. We are doing this quite simply by our use of plastic.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, “…every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic. Once discarded plastics are weathered and eroded into very small fragments called microplastics. Plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals.” You can read more on this here.
Want to help stop the contamination of our seas? - Here are 3 things we think could help:
- Don’t buy bottled water and instead use a reusable water bottle and coffee mug
- Use a reusable bag when shopping
- Do your part in recycling any plastics you can