Today is World Oceans Day … I was watching the news the other evening, and there was the story of a whale found struggling in the waters of Thailand. A team of scientists tried to help the whale stay alive by holding him up to the surface of the water so that he could breathe.
But they were only able to sustain him for so long, and then he died. When the team conducted an autopsy, they found no less than 80 ingested plastic bags shown in the photo here:
Such stories are so shocking and heartrending. Do we not feel ashamed? Our addiction to convenience and consumption is killing the natural world, and we have to make changes. What commitment can you make to reducing your dependence on plastic this World Oceans Day?
The Save Our Seas Foundation said today, "Our oceans are more than a vast mysterious mass of water, for many people the ocean means different things. Exploration & adventure for some, a sense of calm and relaxation for others. It can be a source of recreation for some, and to others, their source of livelihood. To all of us though, the ocean is LIFE.
- 50 to 70 % of our oxygen comes from the ocean. That’s more than all of the world’s rainforests combined.
- The ocean regulates our climate and absorbs approximately a third of the carbon dioxide produced.
- The ocean provides a critical source of protein for more than a billion people.
- The ocean supports the greatest abundance of life on our planet.
I plan to blog #plasticfreejuly next month to look at ways in which we can all take steps to reduce our use of plastic, especially single-use plastic.