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Plastics are everywhere
Paradise buried under
8,818,490 tons of plastic
We don’t want to admit that our oceans are in serious trouble. There are 5 million+ tourists that travel to Bali every year, yet you never hear of what the island really looks like. I traveled throughout the whole island everywhere looks like the sky has been raining plastic trash all over a beautiful tropical landscape. What was once a beach is now a sandy trash can. What was once a beautiful waterfall is now a pool of endlessly flowing plastic. If we keep going at this rate there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. I wish that this was an isolated incident– but from my travels to other countries, it isn’t. I was there for half a year and saw with my own eyes locals throwing truck loads of plastic trash bags straight into the river, only to be washed down to the ocean.
After many months of thinking, I returned back home to California. I’m lucky to live in such a beautiful coastal town, where we’ve been at the forefront of the environmental movement. Even so, I pick up pollution left on the beaches on a daily basis– often finding cans, plastic bottles,and toys left behind after a day of enjoying the beach. All I think about is how I need to protect my home from looking like Bali, India, or Panama. Afterall, the ocean is a big body of water that is all connected and if we continue on the same path, one day all of our homes will look the same as Bali does. Even though plastic pollution in the ocean is a global problem, we can work together to solve this issue locally by taking personal responsibility for our waste.
There is such a disconnect between our trash and where it ends up. The average person simply throws out whatever he or she doesn’t want in a bin, never thinking of where that waste ends up once they’re done. Most likely the trash goes to a landfill, which are essentially trash graveyards where no one comes to pay their respects. That’s the best scenario at least. Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans. That’s 8 trillion kilograms of plastic waste, every single year. To make matters even worse, a recent study showed that 83% of water sampled around the world contains microplastics– and that figure is 94% of all water in the United States. Simply put, we’re constantly drinking and eating little pieces of plastic along with the 24,000 additional chemicals that are added to the plastics.Before it’s too late,we all need to come together, keep our homes beautiful, keep our drinking water sources clean, and find solutions locally to solve this global issue. I invite everyone to pay attention to your local policies, your local beaches, even pay attention your own plastic use. Together we can rethink about the destination of our waste and keep our coast beautiful and our food plastic free.
Written Fari Hadian @safarifariii | Header Video Rich Horner | Videos Plastic Change | Video National Geographic | Photos