BAN SINGLE USE PLASTICS IN AUSTRALIA
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PLASTIC IS LITERALLY CRIPPLING OUR OCEANS.
Its use causes sickness and disease, killing or injuring millions of animals world-wide.
Scientists estimate plastics in the form of micro plastics will outweigh the number of fish in the ocean by 2050!
Plastic is in almost every product used in our modern life. It is devastating our environment and everything related to it, which is ultimately us, because we too are part of the food chain. Are we consuming toxins absorbed by plastic?
This is an issue that is influenced by BIG BUSINESSES, so it's up to us as the MASS population of the world to stand up and stand firm as one voice and declare - as a UNITED body - to governments and industries alike that WE DO NOT support the devastation of our planet.
Plastic is just one HUGE piece of the puzzle and we have the opportunity to play our part in the resolution of its devastation.
We MUST stand together in this and show people in power that we ARE the people in power.
This situation cripples both humans and animals alike... some of whom you may never meet. However, just because we don't see this issue directly before us doesn't stop it from existing.
LET'S STOP IGNORING THIS PROBLEM AND START TAKING ACTION.
Why use a material that may cause harm to you?
Don't scroll past the posts of plastic degradation easily viewed via your social media stream on a daily basis!
Don't feel bad about or helpless. Don't ignore it - MAKE A CHANGE.
PUT YOUR NAME ON THE LIST and be a part of the REVOLUTION AGAINST SINGLE USE PLASTIC!
BECOME AN ECO WARRIOR...
REFUSE SINGLE USE PLASTICS IN YOUR LIFE.
BAN SINGLE USE PLASTICS TODAY.
LET'S PUT OUR COUNTRY ON THE MAP.
THE TIME IS NOW.
LET'S CHANGE THE WORLD.
BE THE CHANGE.
USE YOUR VOICE.
SIGN YOUR NAME.
SPREAD THE WORD.
"The human species has no right to destroy and despoil" - Sir David Attenborough.
We may not know the consequences of the far future... but we know the consequences of today.
LET'S DO THIS AUSTRALIA!
Some facts about plastics from UNESCO:
(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation)
- Over 220 million tons of plastic are produced each year.
- Plastics can contribute to reduce our carbon footprint. They provide improved insulation, lighter packaging, are found in phones, computers, medical devices, etc. but appropriate disposal is often not addressed.
- Seven of the EU Member States plus Norway and Switzerland recover more than 80% of their used plastics. These countries adopt an integrated waste and resource management strategy to address each waste stream with the best options. However, waste and disposal remain an issue in most of the world.
- The United Nations Environment Programme estimated in 2006 that every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic.
- Once discarded, plastics are weathered and eroded into very small fragments known as micro-plastics. These together with plastic pellets are already found in most beaches around the world.
- Plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals.
- Plastic materials and other litter can become concentrated in certain areas called gyres as a result of marine pollution gathered by oceanic currents. There are now 5 gyres in our ocean.
- The North Pacific Gyre, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, occupies a relatively stationary area that is twice the size of Texas. Waste material from across the North Pacific Ocean, including coastal waters off North America and Japan, are drawn together.
Source: UNESCO, http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/ioc-oceans/focus-areas/rio-20-ocean/blueprint-for-the-future-we-want/marine-pollution/facts-and-figures-on-marine-pollution/ viewed 25th February, 2018.
Further reading: News Articles, Plastic Pollution Coalition, https://plasticpollutioncoalition.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001192353-News-Articles?mobile_site=true viewed 25th February, 2018.
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