Stop Ocean Plastic Pollution

Stop Ocean Plastic Pollution

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JOSHUA A/L JAMES RAJARETNAM (B21701134) started this petition to United Nations and

      Around the world, plastic pollution has been identified as a major anthropogenic threat to coastal and marine ecosystems. Any aquatic ecosystem's structure, functioning, and therefore services and values are disrupted directly or indirectly as a result of the unprecedented and ongoing accumulation of plastic pollutants from anthropogenic sources. Pollution from plastics has a direct and devastating impact on wildlife. Seabirds, sea turtles, seals and other marine animals are killed every year after swallowing plastic or being entangled in it, resulting in the death of thousands. The Hawaiian monk seal and the Pacific loggerhead sea turtle are just two of the roughly 700 species of animals that eat or get trapped in plastic trash. Not to mention, the world's oceans contain roughly about 40 percent plastic waste. Consequentially, this growing pollutant has detrimental effects on tourism, fisheries, and shipping in addition to affecting human health. If these current practices persist, plastic is predicted to outnumber all of the fish in the ocean by the year 2050.

      To protect our oceans and sea lives, we are supposed to take measurable actions and be responsible in tackling the problem by reducing plastic usage. We certainly can make a difference in saving the ocean by four simple ways, which is by participating in or organizing a beach or river clean-up, avoid products containing microbeads, practice 3R’s (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle) and lastly support organizations that responsible in practical approach towards highlighting the issue of plastic pollution.

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