Living as we do in a #culture that seems to value materialism and consumption above spiritualism & compassion & all other things, we are seldom encouraged to #think about the #hidden #impact of our #daily consumer #choices.
We are never told about the agony that goes into a steak, sausage, or glass of milk, or the sweatshop labor that is required to produce the majority of our cheap …#clothing. Nor are we told about the devastating fires that rage through #Indonesia’s #rainforests every year, in order to produce the #palmoil that goes into so many of the cookies and snack bars that we consume worldwide now in a global corporate entity system.
One adverse impact that consumer choice is having on our planet is the fact that 8.8 million tons of plastic #trash end up in our #oceans every single year. 80% of this is derived from land-based sources. Single-use items that we typically throw away without a second thought, such as drinking straws, plastic bags, and beverage cups, having had a devastating impact on #marine #animals and ecosystems. Sea #birds, #turtles, crabs, and sharks are just some of the 700 marine species at risk: sadly, even the most enormous, majestic #whales have died after ingesting too much plastic. Researchers have predicted that if current trends continue, the oceans will contain more plastic than #fish by the year #2050. Plastic bags have even started showing up in the wintry #Arctic, where #polarbears have begun to consume them.
We use so many disposable plastics without thinking twice about their potential impact.
Luckily, dedicated individuals and groups are spearheading this change. The Ocean Cleanup campaign hopes to half the size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch over the next 10 years. In 2015, a company called Seabin unveiled plans to install “floating trash cans” near a series of marinas & yacht clubs, to help suck up trash before it can be washed away into the open sea. By taking steps to minimize or reuse everyday plastics in our lives, we can crush plastic at the source & give marine life a fighting chance. Huge impacts are devastating worldwide seas.
“Focus on the light you are the light”