Our ocean isn’t a bin! – David Obasan

Plastic. The greatest thing in the world, right? It’s super durable and can be used for anything before we just throw it away. But where does plastic actually end up? Most of it ends up in dump sites that overflow into oceans and rivers. In fact, thirty-eight of the world’s biggest, poorly-managed dumps are in coastal areas. As a result, millions of sea creatures are trapped in plastic fishing nets or else they are mistaking plastic for food and suffering for months or even years before they die. At this rate, whales, dolphins, seabirds, turtles and sea lions could become extinct as well as thousands of other marine species. It is expected that, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

So where exactly am I going with this? It’s going to be pretty hard to get rid of plastic altogether as it is so deeply embedded in our everyday lives, but we can help reduce the negative impacts plastic has on our environment. Now, I’m not saying that we should each do beach clean-ups or whatever, not at all. All I am asking is that each person ‘says’ no to plastic whenever they can. Recycle, drink from reusable water bottles, use paper bags or reusable bags instead of plastic ones. You might think this is small solution to a huge problem, but together, our small actions become big. We are all part of the problem, in some way or the other, but we all have a role in the solution as well.

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