SANTIAGO – Defeating plastic is what the environmental Organization Greenpeace considers its greatest battle. The devastating effects that plastic is causing around the world is leading the organization into a more intensive “Recycling Campaign”.
Greenpeace qualified the invasion of plastic as the biggest environmental problem humanity is facing. During the celebration of the International Day of Environment, Greenpeace remarked the harmful effects of plastic for the planet. The environmental NGO highlighted that every year 5 Billion plastic bags are used all around the world, and at least 8 million tons of that plastic end into the oceans.
According to Greenpeace, in the last decade humanity has produced more plastic than in the whole last century. 50 % of that plastic is disposable and every minute one million plastic bottles are bought. In regard of that the Coordinator of the Anti-plastic campaign Soledad Acuña pointed out: “the numbers are overwhelming. That is way we decided that the great battle that humanity is facing now is to defeat plastic.”
In another context the NGO approved a motion to collect signatures online in Spain, with the aim of demand supermarkets to quit using plastic bags. The released was announced in April due to the alarming increase of plastic use. The material ends into the oceans and is causing much damage to biodiversity. The organization urges all establishments to become “environmental battle´s leaders”, offering them alternative material to use instead of plastic.
The representative of the Anti-plastic Campaign in Spain Alba Garcia told EFE Verde that the Pacific´s plastic stain triple the size of Spain, and in the Mediterranean Sea a 96 % of the sample of marine trash is plastic. According to Greenpeace “more than 550 sea species ingest or get trapped into some kind of plastic, which hinders their vital development or causes their death”. Besides the NGO remarked that it is also a problem for human health, since some particles of plastic can remain in the fish tissue that may be later ingested by people.
Related to all above the NGO has also found plastic and dangerous chemical materials in the Antarctic. A recent investigation has shown by means of laboratory proves that water and snow are contaminated. The research expedition made by representatives of Greenpeace revealed the presence of micro-plastics and other persistent chemical substances in most of the samples analyzed.
Frida Bengtsson, representative of the campaign “Protect the Antarctic” highlighted “plastic has been found in every place of the planet, from the Antarctic to the Arctic. Plastic has been even found in the deepest point of the ocean, the Marianas Trench into the depths of the Pacific Ocean. We need to act immediately to reduce the course of plastic into our seas and we also need marine reservoirs to protect marine biodiversity and keep our oceans safe for next generations.”
Editor-In-Chief Boris van der Spek is the founder of Chile Today.