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Sea, Islands that are afloat with plastic.
TIDE - These amazing pictures of a giant plastic tide were
taken by Caroline Power.
24 OCTOBER 2017 - THE INDEPENDENT
- TIDE OF PLASTIC
Shocking images have captured a Caribbean island’s clear blue seas being
choked by a tide of plastic rubbish.
Taken off the Honduran island of Roatan, the pictures show plastic cutlery, bags, bottles and wrapping floating among seaweed.
One picture, taken from below the waterline, shows the sun being blocked out by the sheer weight of the pollution dumped into the ocean.
Blue Planet Society, a pressure group which campaigns to save the world’s oceans, had suggested the plastic may have originated from the Montagua river in Guatemala.
Recent footage captured a torrent of waste being carried out to sea from its mouth.
Caroline Power, who lives on Roatan, which is just 12 miles long and three miles wide, shared the images on social media to raise awareness of the problem.
She said it should make people think carefully about their plastic use.
“Think about your daily lives," she wrote in a Facebook post. "How did you take your food to go last time you ate out? How was your last street food served? Chances are it was Styrofoam and served with a plastic fork and then put in a plastic bag."
“Do you still use plastic garbage bags? Plastic soda bottles? Zip lock bags? Plastic wrap on your food? Do you buy toilet paper that comes wrapped in plastic instead of paper? Do you put your fruit and vegetables in produce bags at the grocery?"
Challenging everyone to put keep their rubbish for a week, she said people would be “disgusted” at how much plastic they would find.
More than eight million tonnes of plastic goes into the oceans every year, and it is estimated there will be more of it than fish by 2050.
It is thought our seas now contain about 51 trillion microplastic particles – 500 times more than stars in our galaxy.
This pollution is harming more than 600 species worldwide amid what many are now regarding as the sixth mass extinction of
Sea is one area that could benefit from ocean
regeneration on a relatively stand alone basis because of
the reduced flow into and out of the Atlantic Ocean via the
Straits of Gibraltar. This includes the Adriatic,
Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas that feed from the Mediterranean
but are still comparatively sheltered when compared to other
Oceans, Gulfs and Seas that feed from the Atlantic,
United Nation's put blue growth
firmly on the Agenda for 2030 with a five year plan for
2018-2023, as part of their Sustainability
Development Goals (SDGs).
ISLANDS BY POPULATION
Republic 10,766,998 (Hispaniola)
Rico (US) 3,508,000
and Tobago 1,357,000
Vincent and the Grenadines 110,000
States Virgin Islands 105,000
and Barbuda 89,000
Islands (UK) 59,000
Kitts and Nevis 46,000
Maarten (Netherlands) 39,000
and Caicos Islands (UK) 37,000
Martin (France) 36,000
Virgin Islands (UK) 31,000
Barthélemy (France) 10,000
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