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[Ambassador report] (Thematic Report November 2019: Marine Plastic Pollution)

by Dharmendra Kapri | 19-02-2020 10:22 Comments 9 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

Plastic pollution is a global problem that is growing exponentially due to both an increase on consumerism and an increase in the number in the number of plastics used to manufacture the things we use on a daily basis. Plastic accumulating in our oceans and on our beaches has become a global crisis.

With skyrocketing plastic production, low levels of recycling and poor waste management, between 4 and 12 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year- enough to cover every foot of coastline on the planet and that amount is expected to more than double in the next 10 years.

We are turning our beautiful Ocean into a plastic soup and at this rate we face a future with more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.


How does it get into sea?

Two- thirds of it comes straight from land based sources: litter being left on the beach or washed down rivers and drains from litter being dropped in towns and cities. It comes from industry spills, badly managed landfills sites and bins near the coast or by being flushed down the loo etc.


How Does Plastic Breakdown-

Plastic are photodegradable- meaning that they break up into smaller and smaller pieces when exposed to sunlight. Because the temperature they are exposed to in the ocean is much lower than that on land, the breakdown process takes much longer in the marine environment.


 The Health Impacts of Plastic Pollution on our Wildlife-

There are so many health impacts of plastic pollution on our wildlife for instance, plastic breaks down into smaller pieces and because it readily floats it is often mistaken for food by surface feeding animals, including fish and seabirds. Marine turtles ingest plastic bags which they mistake for jellyfish.


Is it possible to Scoop it all out of the sea?

It is sadly impossible. Only 1% of marine litter floats, with the vast majority sinking to the sea floor. Even if we tried to scoop up that 1% in international waters who would take responsibility and pay for it? To further complicate matters, the majority of it is microscopic. All we can do is stop using more.


What needs to happen-?

The most effective way to have less plastic in the Ocean is to use less plastic in the first. Apart from it Corporate action, Government leadership, Personal responsibility, Education and Public awareness, Proper recycling, Beach cleanups and play very important role.




Susmita Horticulturist

  • Susmita Horticulturist says :
    Hello Dharmendra
    I hope you are doing wel
    Thank you so much for this report
    Posted 28-02-2020 11:15

Susmita Horticulturist

  • Susmita Horticulturist says :
    Hello Dharmendra
    I hope you are doing wel
    Thank you so much for this report
    Posted 28-02-2020 11:05

Jasmine Karki

  • Jasmine Karki says :
    Its awesome to go through all your informative reports back to back..Really enjoying and learning many things from your report..
    I do hope to learn more from you on upcoming days..

    Green cheers
    Jasmine karki
    Posted 27-02-2020 00:41

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Dharmendra

    Plastic wastes there are in the ocean is one of the most serious environmental problems. It can cause serious problems to sea animals, and eventually to humans itself. It's really sad that there is not much we can do about those wastes. However, there are many things we can do to stop further flow of the wastes into the ocean. People should all come together to decrease the amount of plastics wastes!

    Thank you for the great report.
    Posted 23-02-2020 12:32

Rachu Khanal

  • Rachu Khanal says :
    Thank you for the report
    Posted 22-02-2020 19:33

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Dharmendra

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Marine Plastic Pollution

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 21-02-2020 10:37

Nitipak Ratapipat

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hey Dharmendra!
    It's Lisa your mentor.

    It's a tragedy that they break down into really tiny pieces, barely observable with bare eyes that we cannot just simply scoop them out of the sea. I mean if that was possible, it would really be wonderful! Yet, since that is not the reality we are facing, we have to do something to have less plastic end up in the sea and try to take out what's still grabbable.

    Seems like you have achieved basic understandings of the topic!
    Nice job:)
    Posted 19-02-2020 23:37

Elizaveta Zaretskaya

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