What is the first thing that we do when our kitchen sink overflows? Well, we close the TAP!
Today we are living in the age of plastic, and globally our environmental pollution sink is overflowing. We know what to do, close the tap. But how?
Many organizations have taken the initiative to work towards it by coming up with numerous innovative ideas. But guys, not only our plans should be technically sound, but also we need to work towards eradicating the cause in the first place. For that, we ought to stand united and fight against the cause.
The annual production of plastic in the world is equivalent to the amount needed to build 50 pyramids of Giza. All this plastic once used is rid of and dumped in our oceans. While most of it finds its way into massive garbage patches around the world and the biggest of them all is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. If we try to make a realistic comparison, then the total number of plastic pieces in the garbage patch is ten times more than the stars in the milky way galaxy.
These numbers sound massive, and so is the accumulated amount of plastic in our oceans. All this plastic is either macro or micro. Many large plastic objects will break down over time due to erosion from wave action, wind, and UV light. Plastic never truly disappears; it only gets smaller and smaller and ultimately gives rise to another major concern i.e., Microplastic Pollution.
Our oceans are suffocating due to chemical and trash disposal in it. Plastic pollution has taken the form of a global crisis in today's world. It takes around 500 to 1000 years for the plastic to degrade due to the presence of complex polymers. As a result, approximately 80% of the manufactured plastic is still littering in some form or the other on the planet.
Several organizations are working to rid the world's oceans of plastic. One such organization is The Ocean Cleanup, and they have developed the first ascendable solution to efficiently detain plastic in rivers before it reaches the oceans i.e., Interceptors. By placing Interceptors in 1000 strategic locations in waterways around the world, they aim to draw up 80% of plastic from entering the oceans in the coming five years. Trekmoss aims to outspread the word about such instances to make the world aware of the global environmental crisis so that we can make this battle our own and strive to make our planet clean and green.