According to Sea Turtle Conservancy, over 100 million animals are killed every year due to the ocean being chockful of plastics. At present, it is estimated that there are 100 million tons of plastic in oceans around the globe. What’s more? It’s showing no signs of slowing down. In some areas, the plastic coverage is measured to span 5 million square miles. In a more simpler term, that is equivalent to the United States plus India.
Larger plastics are causing a great threat to turtles. Not forgetting that smaller ones are equally dangerous, as over the time, they break down into smaller toxic particles. Which later finds its way into the food chain. New studies have discovered microplastics in sea salt from the United States, Europe and China. An alarming call that plastic pollution has not surged only into our region and streets, but our kitchens as well.
Many NGOs and conservation organisations in Malaysia such as Lang Turtle Project, Juara Turtle Project, Perhentian Turtle Project and Reef Check Malaysia are striving to ensure the ocean returns to its former glory. In other words, a healthy home for ocean occupants, including the coral bed. Teaming up with them for volunteer programs are the best way of combating such issues but the easiest way is choosing not to pollute the ocean with plastics and other harmful materials. If you spot anyone doing so, just spread the message.
Going green is no longer a choice, it’s a call.