Hundreds of marine life die daily because of the high carbon footprints that we leave on this earth. This has got to STOP. Plastic has caught the world in it’s synthetic wraps, and it’s diminishing the ocean’s potential to become something beautiful.
Plastic is killing the turtles of the sea, who graze the grass-beds that allow fish to stay healthy and fed. Turtles that deliver nutrients to ALL marine life. Not only is plastic killing off the turtles, but plastic is being ingested by the fish WE EAT. We are ingesting plastic on a daily basis! Plastic is also making the ocean a lot more acidic, as the ocean absorbs more carbon from the earth’s atmosphere. “The oceans make the planet’s climate livable, absorbing 90 percent of the additional heat trapped by our ever-thickening atmospheric blanket of carbon pollution” states Michael Conathan, previous Director of Ocean Policy at the Center for American Progress. Although the oceans keep our world alive, they are slowly falling apart and something has to be done. The ocean is one of the most active and joyous places to be, but it is also one of the most struggling places, desperate for help.
To be a part of the solution we need to take advantage of our right to an education and do our research. We need to stop littering with disregard of the consequences. To take it a step forward, we need to start picking up after other people when we see trash buried in the sand. Not even looking for anything, I came across about thirteen plastic cups just stuck in the ground while I was walking the coast with my friend. There should be no hesitation to pick it up and find the nearest recycling bin, or at least a trash can to delay it from reaching the ocean. We should be volunteering at every beach cleanup event we can make it to, because although it doesn’t seem like it, every piece of plastic picked up is another fish or future generation saved. We have to support paper straw companies, or if you’re not a fan of them, look into Biofase, a company creating straws out of avocado seeds that completely biodegrade in only 240 days. We need to donate our money to these great projects from organizations such as Ocean Conservancy. If your wallet is feeling a little light, set up a Surfrider fundraising page by clicking “here” and get your friends to donate to the cause. If you’re up for it, donate to our Surfrider fundraising page by clicking “here“.
We are NOT killers, and we should NOT become bystanders! If you start doing all of these things, then there may be hope for our world. After all, there is no Planet B. We need to make sure our oceans can break free from this plastic mask, because so long as it’s buried under toxins – we’re suffocating as well. The ocean has done so much for us – even right now it’s supplying us with oxygen – it’s time we wake up and giveback. Stay #ecoupdated. Follow us on Instagram @brbeachsociety and look for our subscribe button on our home page to get email notifications on when a new post is coming out or event is being put up on the calendar!