The theme for this Earth Day is Imagine a World Without Plastic Pollution……Pollution is bad news!
Plastic Pollution is Bad News:
- 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
- 44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.
- Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles every year (source: Brita)
- Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).
- Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.
Do not despair. The push is bigger than the pollution.
I read an article in Bioscience that pointed out four reasons for optimism. Even though things may get worse in the short term, a breakthrough is gathering strength and is certain.
There are four things happening right now that tell us not to despair but continue vigilance.
- A stabilized human population
- Increasingly concentrated populations in urban areas
- Ability to escape extreme poverty
- A shared understanding of nature and the environment
Word has spread enough to shift our general direction toward sustainability. We need to keep up the conversation to make the world better.
The overall theme for every Earth Day is Tread Lightly—aim to make the world a better place through our own actions.
We can apply our actions to not only reduce physical pollution but also to reduce emotional pollution. Resentment, bitterness, cynicism, victimism, anger, harassment, bullying…are all outer forms of pollution that have an internal source.
While we work to reduce our use of disposable plastics let’s also foster actions that reduce negativity. Become powerful and then empower others.
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Happy Earth Day!