Ocean Conservation Starts with Avoiding Littering

Plastic beverage bottles are one of the common trash on the beach. The United Nations calls on mankind to attach importance to marine conservation. (Photo via WS News Publisher)

In 2019, the International Coastal Ocean Cleanup picked up nearly 9.42 million kg of ocean trash. Food wrappers and Cigarette butts occupy the most significant amount of ocean trash, and avoiding littering becomes a manifestation of caring for the ocean.

New York, NY (WS News Publisher) – Plastic trash is one of the pollution sources of oceans. It causes marine life to die by accidental eating or being entangled and may endanger human health. A large number of poorly managed plastic trash enter the environment of oceans every year, unable to be decomposed by bacteria, and eventually become microplastics (plastic fragments less than 5 mm, or about 0.2 inches, in diameter). The American Chemical Society (ACS) report stated that The researchers analyzed 47 human tissue samples by mass spectrometry, and these samples were found to have monomers or plastic constituents. Animals and humans can ingest the particles, with uncertain health consequences.

Plastic products are flooding our lives. Ocean Conservancy released the International Coastal Cleanup Report, in the 2019 International Coastal Ocean Cleanup, 9.42 million kg of ocean trash were collected on beaches around the world. Food wrappers and cigarette butts are the top two in the ranking of marine debris. In particular, there is incredible rubbish such as rubber chicken, couch, and golf bag in the ocean.

Since 2009, the United Nations has designated June 8 as World Oceans Day. Through various activities and knowledge sharing, people’s awareness of the environmental protection of the ocean has been raised. Many governments and environmental groups hold activities such as beach cleaning and charitable running, hoping to take this opportunity to call on mankind to protect the ocean, understand the rich value of the ocean, and attach importance to issues such as global pollution and excessive consumption of fish resources.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged: “As we work to end the pandemic and build back better, we have a once in a generation opportunity-and responsibility-to correct our relationship with the natural world, including the world’s seas and oceans.”

Taiwan, surrounded by the sea, actively responds to World Oceans Day. The Taoyuan City Government held a World Ocean Day market, inviting plastic-free and environmentally friendly vendors to set up their stalls in the best way for the ocean, encourage people to be friendly to the ocean through activities, and promote a diet that does not use disposable plastic products, so that the public By reducing the amount of plastic used in life, we can reduce the harm caused by plastic waste to the ocean.

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