Good News For Our Oceans
Good news! The United Nations have agreed that there will be an international agreement for the protection of our sea's, at last! at last! at last!
But there is still much work to be done, legislative reforms take longer though than any of us would wish.
This is just the first step and hopefully it will be approved later this year and we will then be on the path for the future we want for our oceans.
We believe strong ocean governance is critical for a more equitable and just world, as our seas are being exploited at the expense of us all and is filling up with plastic and poisonous color being excreted from the plastic.
The sea's provide us with food, fresh water, energy, medicine, the oxygen we breath and even our holidays. A healthy ocean is essential for all life on earth.
For to long, we've taken out too many fish, polluted indiscriminately and damaged vulnerable habitats on the sea bed. We are pushing our ocean system to the point of collapse and by doing so, risking our own health and prosperity.
Without the enforcement of strong laws to protect our living oceans, a minority will continue to abuse the freedom of our seas.
It is time to extend the rule of law to the deep blue oceans, which is more than half of our planet, this will help to ensure that we have enough food for everyone, equitable access to new medicines from deep sea organisms, to help fight cancer and other serious diseases, reliance in the face of the worst impacts of climate change and protection of valuable marine habitats, from destructive industries.
More Plastic Pollution Entering The Worlds Oceans and our Food Chain
Fish are swallowing these little micro bead balls believing that they are food. Many cosmetic and skin care products - such as face wash, scrubs, shower gels and toothpaste contain little bits of plastic known as microbeads. These tiny balls, often made from polyethylene, are used to make products more abrassive - and in beauty products, they help exfoliate skin by removing dry cells from the surface. But because of their size, microbeads make their way down the bathroom plug hole and directly through sewage treatment works as they are too small to be picked up - and soon enter water ways and seas.
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However, marine biologist and green campaigners, say that more plastic going into our oceans is very bad news. Some of the biggest names involved in the use of microbeads are Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, L'Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Body Shop, which is owned by L'Oreal say that they are going to phase out microbeads. Boots and Marks & Spencers have also confirmed that they will end production of microbeads by the end of next year.
"When people are told products contain plastic and they're scrubbing their face with it, they're shocked" Dr Foster said.
A single bottle of facial scrubb may contain more than 300,000 mircorbeads.
These microbeads that are washed down our sinks and are too small to be filtered at the sewage plant, ends up in our rivers, oceans, fish you eat and our food chain. In a study of more than 500 fish examined off the coast of Plymouth last year, a massive 36% were found to have ingested plastic.
Many thanks to Ross McGuinness
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