After our morning dives today, whilst we had some spare time, we decided to head down Kite Beach to clear, what seems to be, a never ending cycle of litter.
Much of the litter found has washed up from other countries, some has just been dumped and others have been thrown over bard of boats.
Scientists have now predicted that if we don’t start changing our ways, plastics will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050….which is a terrifying thought. Especially for the ext generation.
Today we only managed to cover a 20 meter (66 foot) stretch of the beach, but filled up one bin bag and a crates and a half of rubbish- in just 20 meters!
Plastics encompass most of the Marine Debris that exists today. Plastics are a non-biodegradable and break down into smaller pieces over time, creating ‘micro-plastics’ which are extremely hard to clear and therefore remain amongst the grains of sand.
Microplasitcs are now so common on the oceans that they have entered the food chain at the planktonic level, allowing dangerous chemicals to accumulate up the for chain, often ending with us.
However, it’s not just micro-plastics devastating the Oceans, many seabirds and mammals mistake plastics for food, such as Sea Turtles mistaking plastic bags for Jelly Fish. Once plastics enter an animals system it’s impossible to digest, and therefore fills their stomachs causing them to starve.
Entanglement is another huge issue,with discarded nets and ropes entangling and killing over 135 different species in the Oceans. This has been aptly names ‘Ghost Fishing’, as the nets keep catching and killing so many animals.
Plastic is not only harmful but it also looks RUBBISH!
It’s damaging economies globally, especially those predominately supported by Tourism, as no one want to holiday or sunbathe on a dirty beach.
It’s also causing health hazard, not only through the digestion of micro-plastic, but through broken bottle, needles and medicinal packets being sprawled across the beach, ready to be stood on or digested.
Amongst the rubbish collected today, we found:
- Lolly pop sticks
- Bottle tops
- Plastic cutlery
- Flip flops
- Glow sticks
- Bottles/ containers
- Styrofoam packaging
So, we would like to challenge anyone reading this to take part in 2 minute Beach Cleans. This doesn’t sound like a lot, but if every beach goer took 2 minutes to clean the beach, imagine what could be achieved!?
We may still be able to provide a better future for our Oceans and the next generation. Act now and add the 2minutesbeachclean app from the app store or by visiting https://beachclean.net/mobileapp to show what you have done for the planet. Alternatively just #2minutebeachclean on Instagram with a photo of your rubbish!