Episode 47 “Beating Plastic Pollution” features environmentalist and Take 3 For The Sea founder Tim Silverwood. In this episode Tim talks about the major issues with plastic in our oceans, and what we as ordinary people and consumers can do to help.
“It isn’t the trees, you know; it’s the seas that keep us alive. The big blue.
The oceans provide at least half of all the breaths we take; according to National Geographic it’s closer to two thirds. The oceans cover 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface, and marine plants act like our virtual lungs.
So how do we treat these mysterious depths that give us life? We alter their chemistry with our greenhouse gas pollution, turning their waters more acidic. Our activities cause them to heat, killing ancient coral reefs. We over-fish them. And we choke them with plastic.
If we carry on like this, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. 32% of plastic packaging escapes collection. Of course, you and I would never put our plastic garbage in the ocean, would we? It couldn’t be us. Or could it?
The ocean is downhill from everywhere. That plastic pollution comes from you and me.” – Clare Press
This episode is incredibly inspiring and motivating. Especially for someone like myself who tends to feel overwhelmed by the issues because I’m immersed in them almost every day.
If you do ONE thing this Plastic Free July, listen to this episode.
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