Did you know…
…That in certain places of the ocean, the amount of suspended plastic particles actually outnumbers ambient plankton?
…That the impacts of marine debris have been reported for 663 species and over half of these reports documented entanglement in and ingestion of marine debris?
…That with the exception of a small amount that has been incinerated, virtually every piece of plastic that has ever been created still exists in some shape or form?
Plastics have undoubtedly helped us to manufacture, package and ship goods more easily, for less money, and in some cases more safely than ever before. But plastics pose a significant threat to our planet as well. The very qualities that make plastic an adaptable and durable product to use also make it an environmental nightmare. Plastics do not biodegrade. Instead they break down with exposure to weather and the sun’s ultraviolet rays, into smaller and smaller pieces. When these pieces infiltrate the environment, especially marine environments, they wreak havoc – killing millions of birds and animals annually.
In response to this problem, the Surfrider Foundation founded its Rise Above Plastics campaign. Our goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution and focus on finding solutions.
For the entire month of October, the Surfrider Foundation is celebrating “Rise Above Plastics Month.” We’ll be sharing plastic-related facts, as well as tips on how to reduce your individual plastic footprint. We will also present the fourth annual Plastic Cleanup event that encourages people to clean up our beaches by removing plastic debris from coastal environments.