When we look at our ocean and what it has become, it may shock us to realise the state that it is in. Covering more than 70% of our planet’s surface, it is among the most valuable natural resource we have. It feeds us, keeps us entertained, cleans our air, keeps our weather systems intact and it provides a sustainable living for people around the world. It makes sense to keep it under a tight watch for pollution, right? Well, we as humans have forgotten that what we produce must go somewhere, and that where, is unfortunately the ocean. It is home to the most life on earth, from the microscopic creatures and algae, to the massive whales and sharks. These creatures have no other place to live out their glorious free lives, yet we’re dumping all our unnecessary pollution in their homes. We might not even realise that we are indirectly polluting the ocean. That little bag of chips you threw in the river…. Remember the old saying, all rivers lead to the sea. There is truth in that. And that one little plastic chips bag, has joined the rest of the millions of polluting plastics in the sea.
The majority of the pollution that goes into the ocean is plastic, and boy is it there to stay. There is a simple reason behind it. These items that are all made from plastic are not biodegradable. They can persist in the environment for a millennium, just floating around and polluting our beaches and endangering marine life along the way.
Most of this pollution originates from land-based sources and gradually makes it’s way to the ocean via storm drains, sewers and other routes.
From most research articles state that prevention is better than cure. This indeed has a matter of truth with it. Rather than having to clean up after polluting the ocean, why not make provisions for stopping the pollution from ever reaching the ocean in the first place?
Our seas are not only in the government and industry’s hands, but our own as well. Individual and daily actions that we can take to prevent the pollution from ever reaching the ocean is a start we can all aim towards.
Recycling, water pollution reductions, being more mindful on your use of plastics, get small groups of people to help clean up the waterways and sewage systems, these are all small tasks we can perform in our battle against the pollution world.
We need to take good care of this planet of ours, it’s all we have got. We can’t just hop on to the next planet and start fresh. Well, not yet anyway.
As for SSTG, we are working on some future projects to help with the communities to reduce the pollution on our beaches. Take away all the pesky plastics that make our beautiful beaches look like a waste dump.