The hazardous effect of plastic is known to all but sadly there has been very little we have done to tackle this menace. Sky News has been consistently addressing the issue through different mediums. Last year, they took their plastic whale — 'Plasticus' — on a tour around the UK to raise awareness of the issues affecting the oceans, particularly the harm that is being inflicted by single-use plastics such as bags, bottles and straws. The 10m whale is made up of a quarter of a ton of plastic to represent the amount that enters the world’s oceans every second. The whale called Plasticus follows suggestions from members of the public and toured 12 locations across Britain.
Sky News have produced a new documentary “A Plastic Whale” which tells the story of a whale who suffered the impact of plastic and died an untimely death.Plastic has turned into a global tragedy for our oceans and sea life. As a substance it never goes away. It is increasingly finding its way into our beaches and oceans. In the Los Angeles area alone, around 10 metric tons of plastic fragments like grocery bags, straws and soda bottles are thrust into the Pacific Ocean every day.
Plastic pollution has a deadly and direct effect on wildlife. Thousands of seabirds and sea turtles, seals and other marine mammals die each year after ingesting plastic or getting entangled in it. In the U.S the most endangered wildlife species are the Hawaiian monk seals and the Pacific loggerhead sea turtles. There are nearly 300 marine life species that eat and get caught in plastic litter.
Plastic may look like a convenient solution, but its success carries a steep price.
It comes as shocker that just in the first decade of this century we produced more plastic than all the plastic in history up to the year 2000. Sadly, every year billions of pounds of plastic end up in the world's oceans.
Think about it !
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the Plastic Whale.
Founder: Louise Blouin