Plastic is a man made invention and it won’t simply deteriorate while we’re not looking – plastic items can take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills. While everyday plastic bags can take 10-1000 years to decompose, the vast majority of plastic used on packaging ends up floating in our oceans and polluting our land, instead of being reused or recycled. Single use plastic is without question, killing our planet and our oceans.
Right now an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic, everything from plastic bottles and bags to micro-beads, end up in our oceans each year. That’s approximately a truck load of rubbish a minute. Not only does this amount of plastic waste hurt our planet, but it hurts other living creatures; many marine organisms can’t distinguish common plastic items from food. Animals who eat plastic, often starve as they can’t digest it and it fills their stomachs, preventing them from eating real food.
Want to make a difference? Join Creative Bloom and Brighton’s Surfers Against Sewage in cleaning up Brighton Beach on the 13th November from 12-2:30 – an event which is part of the Meaning Fringe. We are taking direct action against plastic pollution and will prove that anyone can make a difference when they work together. There will also be a short talk at 2pm which will further discuss marine plastic pollution and what you personally can do to stop it.
And if you needed any more reason to fight for the end of plastic pollution- a recent study by Sarah-Jeanne Royer et al, has discovered that plastic wastage, when exposed to sunlight, will emit greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.
So come help us fight against plastic waste and do your bit to make a difference.
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Words by Stu Davies, Creative Bloom