Did you know that plastic bags are banned in some parts of the world? This is stemmed from too much plastic waste going to the ocean and killing millions of lifeforms. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped in the ocean yearly. That number grew in the recent years and unfortunately, expected to grow in the next.
Plastic is not the only issue oceans face today or any bodies of water for that matter. So many living and non-living things in the ocean are dying and being destroyed. 70% of the world is made up of water. If nothing is done to resolve these massive environmental issues.
No matter how scary or alarming, it is important that you stay informed about these crises. So, here they are.
According to National Geographic, there are 2.52 trillion pieces of trash in the ocean right now. Humans keep on dumping tons of garbage in the ocean on a daily basis. A piece of trash can already kill one life form either through digestion or strangling.
There have been a lot of cases wherein dead animals wash up to shore and people see a bunch of garbage in their digestive system. Some of them mistake the rubbish as food while others get caught and are unable to move freely.
Ocean corals and sponges are also suffering the consequences. Jellyfish and squids choke up and they die.
Every year, 50 to million sharks are killed or left to die. Every day, thousands of sharks lose their dorsal fins. These fins are then sold to restaurants and other food providers as it is an essential ingredient for an expensive soup in Asia.
After being fished out of the ocean and finned, sharks are then thrown back. Most of them don’t live long because of bleeding to death. Despite strict laws and the international justice system acknowledging the issue, this problem remains persistent.
It is also unfortunate that sharks don’t reproduce as fast as other marine lifeforms. That is why there is no established balance between life and death among sharks. This has a significant impact on the ecosystem, and it is something we should resolve right now.
Ocean warming is a thing and it is a bad thing. Oceans all over continue to rise and they warm up faster than we thought. According to researchers heat stored in oceans builds up and in the near future, will harm mankind.
We need to create awareness of all these threats our oceans are facing. How are you going to get involved?