Beating the ocean trash

UNTV News   •   December 15, 2019   •   237

Debris and plastic litter found by Tangaroa Blue, an Australian Marine debris initiative, on Christmas Island, Australia in this undated handout. Tangaroa Blue/Handout via REUTERS

Aside from global warming, plastic pollution is one of the major factors that destroy our ocean.  This is mainly because of waste mismanagement.

According to Ocean Conservancy, 8 Million metric tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean every year. Eighty percent of this comes from land areas, while 20% comes from the ocean vessels.

With this data, it is indeed certainly probable that by 2050, there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean if we will not take action and change our behavior in handling our plastics.

30 years ago, Ocean Conservancy conducted the first standardized coastal cleanup, with volunteers went beyond picking up trash and record data of collected trash. With the hopes to identify effective ways in eliminating ocean trash in the future. Since then, volunteers throughout more than 100 countries including the Philippines, come together annually to participate in the largest volunteer effort for ocean’s health – the International Coastal Cleanup.

Here in the Philippines, several organizations, from government agencies, non-government agencies and even private sectors take hand in hand to address the country’s unfortunate issue being the world’s third-largest ocean plastic trash contributor.

Catch the inspiring episode of The Dive featuring the International Coastal Cleanup 2019, and be aware of how we can make waves beneath by beating the ocean trash, on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 11:00 am. Only on UNTV. – Maribelle Boral-Cabling

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