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Bending the curve of plastic pollution in our ocean
For the human species to survive we need air to breathe, water to drink and food to eat. The ocean is the largest ecosystem on Earth and the planet`s life support system. Oceans generate more than half of the oxygen we breathe, provide at least a sixth of the animal protein we eat and reduce climate change impacts. Our security, economy and very survival all require a healthy ocean, which is why we need to flatten the curve for plastic pollution in our ocean.
We have gathered some of the important reasons why flattening the curve is so important for our ocean to survive.
The ocean produces a lot of our oxygen
The ocean works as the main “lung” of our planet, releasing more oxygen into the atmosphere, particularly through marine plants, than e.g. all the forests in the world! It does not matter how far you live from the ocean, your breathing still depends on the health of the ocean.
So how does the ocean create all that oxygen? The ocean produces oxygen through e.g. a microscopic plant called phytoplankton. This plant act more likely in the same way as tree leaves do on land, where it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. We are not able to see the phytoplankton with our bare eye, but they are one of the most important living organisms that are keeping us alive.
The ocean regulates our climate
The oceans have large influence on our weather and climate, as it is absorbing and storing heat and distributing both heat and moisture around the globe. Without these currents, the weather would be extreme in some regions, and fewer places would be habitable. Did you also know that almost all rain that falls on land starts off in the ocean? Our climate is very much influenced by the ocean, and the question is what happens when all the plastic in the oceans release powerful greenhouse gases leading to more climate changes?
The ocean is an important food source
The ocean is one of the Earth’s most valuable natural resources, as it provides food to billions of people worldwide. Approximately 3 billion people in the world rely on wild-caught seafood as a primary source of protein. Plastic pollution in the ocean is a serious threat to this food source, as plastic pollution causes deterioration of coastal habitats and rivers which in the end decreases e.g. fish stock. If we continue to pollute our oceans with plastic, not only the food source will disappear, but also many jobs and activities related to the ocean.
Many marine species depend and live in the oceans
Scientists predict that the ocean is home to more than 300.000 different marine species, and they all play an important role in the chain of the ecosystems. Due to plastic pollution in our oceans and climate change, many species have already begun to adapt and adjust to the ocean being warmer and losing oxygen. However, it is not all species that are able to adjust, which has resulted with mass mortalities in the Mediterranean. How many marine species are we going to kill before we realize we need to bend the curve of plastic pollution in our oceans?
The time to act was yesterday, but if we manage to take proper action now, we still have time to avoid a complete disaster and to bend the curve of plastic pollution in our oceans. We know that flattening the curve will require a radical change in e.g. attitude and behavior both towards each other but also towards our environment – but we believe we are able to do it together.
It is time to act now!
We have so far collected more than 3,600 tons of plastic waste from the oceans. That is equivalent to more than 128,000,000 million 500 ml. water bottles! Our goal in 2020 is to collect 3,000 tons of plastic. We know it is ambitious, but we believe that we can do it together.
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