ACTION AGAIN PLASTICS AND POLLUTION
Volunteer on projects that are addressing the issue of the global plastic pollution crisis. You can also help with implementing recycling measures in communities that aren't aware of the dangers they're contributing to.
WHY IS PLASTIC A GLOBAL PROBLEM
In just six decades 8.3 billion tons of plastic were produced with only roughly 9% recycled and 79% discarded in landfills or the natural environment.
It is predicted that by 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic waste than fish!
Many wealthy countries send their recyclable waste to developing countries because it's cheap, it helps meet recycling targets and it reduces domestic landfills. The problem is that many developing countries have limited waste management facilities which mean the millions of tonnes of plastic sent abroad for recycling may end up being dumped in landfill and into our oceans.
(Data obtained from BBC and National Geographic)
The Problem for our oceans:
As Sir David Attenborough told us during Blue Planet 2:
- Turtles eat plastic bags mistaking them for jellyfish
- Seabirds are found with their stomachs full of plastic items
- Plastic debris can get lodged in coral and affect the health of reefs
- Microplastics are consumed by animals like plankton, passing the problem back up the food chain – to us.
You can make a difference and help to reduce this problem by volunteering on one of the projects below. These are selected projects who are making an effort to combat plastics pollution and other types of pollution.
How? Through instigating recycling programs, implementing recycling centres, clearing local beaches and waterways, and, very importantly, educating the local communities on the dangers of the pollution their actions are increasing.