In front of him, we are insignificant. tiny. Precisely for this reason, it seems hard to believe all the damage we have done and continue to do to the Pacific Ocean with each passing day.
Species close to the danger of extinction, ecosystems in imminent collapse, pollution increasing in proportions difficult to imagine; These are some of the consequences that human activity, with its carelessness and lack of awareness, have caused.
As part of the commitment that every human being has to solve this problem, today we share key data about how and why our Pacific Ocean is in danger.
PLASTIC, PLASTIC AND MORE PLASTIC
It hurts to admit, but there is nothing new or recent about this wake-up call. Since the 1960s, scientists around the world have been warning of the alarming amount of plastic in our oceans. According to studies of the time, at least 75% of albatross chick carcasses died or were affected by plastic fragments in their bodies, just to give an example.
Turtles and seahorses are also among the most affected species, dying dozens year after year from suffocation with various plastic debris in the sea (bags, plastic rings for cans, xxx, etc.).
And perhaps the scariest part of the case is to think that these drownings are not something occasional or an exception to the rule. They are a frequent and horrendous reality, which is made possible thanks to the 15 million tons of plastic garbage that accumulates on coasts and rivers.
A number that, moreover, seems to double by 2025.
ISLANDS OF GARBAGE
Plastic is not the only human waste that endangers our planet’s marine ecosystem. Every year, millions and millions of tons of garbage are thrown into the sea, polluting the oceans and destroying marine life in its path.
In the year 2000, for example, Captain Charles Moore discovered an island of 1.6 million square kilometers of plastic and other human waste off the coast of Valparaíso (in Chile). He named it “The Great Pacific Garbage Island”. At least 45% of its mass was made up of discarded fishing nets.
After everything you’ve read so far, if you think that the worst thing we do to our ocean is waste in it… you’re wrong. Because yes, the countless garbage causes irreparable damage, but our true absolute sin is everything that we indiscriminately and uncontrollably take from it.
Every month, countless numbers of marine animals are removed from our ocean. Fish and other marine species are victims of overfishing, causing fractures in the food chain and the degradation of countless marine habitats.
Countries such as Canada, Japan, China, Australia and Indonesia are among the countries with this trend, due to few or no regulations that protect the marine ecosystem.
Painful as it sounds, this is just part of what humanity does to the ocean indiscriminately. What measures do you think are necessary to stop the deterioration of our Pacific Ocean?
Interesting fact about the pacific ocean
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