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5 powerful videos highlighting the need to end plastic pollution

Responsible Business | Apr 20, 2018


“How is it possible that the most intellectual creature to ever walk the planet Earth is destroying its only home?” – Jane Goodall

Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit. Starting nearly ten years ago, International Mother Earth Day is a reaffirmation of the United Nation’s effort to promote its Harmony with Nature initiative and improve mankind’s effect on our planet. The organisation’s mission is “to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilise it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.”

International Mother Earth Day is held every year on 22nd April. One of this year’s theme – Ending Plastic Pollution – looks to assemble key actors and institutions and citizens across the globe to bring about a new level of consciousness about plastics pollution and a paradigm shift.

Interesting facts about plastic pollution:

  • By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans
  • Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times
  • It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade
  • One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans
  • Norway’s plastic scheme means it can recycle over 90% of its plastic bottles
  • More than 40 countries, including China, France and Rwanda, have taxed, limited or banned plastic bags

Below you will find a list of 5 videos that highlight the severity of Plastic Pollution on our planet and ways we can turn it around:

1. ‘So much plastic!’: British diver films deluge of waste off Bali

British diver filmed himself swimming through a sea of plastic off the coast of Bali via @guardian

2. Blue Planet II Plastic Pollution Awareness 2018

Sir David Attenborough’s haunting message on plastic pollution in the oceans via @BBCEarth

3. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – Explainer

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world and is located between Hawaii and California via @TheOceanCleanup

4. This app could solve the plastic pollution problem

Global Alert is a trash-reporting app that lets you map out trash hot-spots in our waterways, with a main focus on plastic waste in rivers, streams, lakes, and coastlines via @globalalert

5. Bubbles: A smart solution to plastic pollution

The Bubble Barrier creates a barrier stopping plastics from flowing past, but it also allows fish and ships to pass through the barrier unimpeded via @Bubble_Barrier


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