The United Nations recognizes today as WORLD OCEANS DAY, with a theme of Healthy Oceans-Healthy Planet. I recently read a disturbing fact: By 2025, for every three pounds of fish in the ocean, there will be one pound of plastic. Our oceans are becoming landfills, where 80% of the trash in the ocean comes from land. The Atlantic Ocean garbage patch extends from Cuba to Virginia. The Pacific Ocean Patch off the coast of California is the size of Texas.
And, it isn’t just oceans that are affected. This is also occurring in lakes, rivers and streams. The Environmental Protection Agency has a goal of reducing plastic pollution discharges to our waters to zero within the next ten years.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Use washable dishes and refillable water bottles. Bottled water comes from the same source as tap water. If you use a filter on your sink or in a pitcher, you’ll not only save money, you’ll be saving oceans and waterways.
Waste less, reuse and recycle as much as you can. Properly dispose of waste you cannot reuse.
ALL THE EARTH’S WATERWAYS ARE CONNECTED: WHAT HAPPENS UPSTREAM OR IN THE MOUNTAINS EFFECTS THOSE BELOW.
Visit http://www.worldoceansday.org to see how you and your family can get involved in promoting clean, thriving waterways. To learn more about marine debris and the Trash Free Water Program visit: http://www.eps.gov/learn-issues/water-resources#our-waters