Each year on June 8, the world comes together to bring awareness and action to the ocean plastic problem. World Oceans Day is a collaborative conservation effort powered by a global network of leaders in 140 countries, providing resources for all to help restore and protect the ocean.
Many of us are familiar with heart-wrenching photos of a seahorse wrapped around a cotton swab or a turtle trapped in a fishing net. Plastic is killing marine life around the world. There are countless horror stories of animals’ lives being disrupted or ended by plastic waste. Birds, turtles, fish, and marine mammals can become entangled in or can ingest plastic debris, causing suffocation, starvation, and drowning. According to the United Nations, there are 800 species worldwide affected by marine debris, and at least 80% of that litter is plastic.
Although the large pieces of plastic are what usually make headlines, it’s the bits that often go unseen that are creating more widespread havoc on our marine ecosystems and beyond. Plastic takes hundreds of years to biodegrade, but before that, it breaks down into smaller versions of itself.
what can you do to help?
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