Plastic polluting the ocean has been a relative issue since the 1960s. Throughout time pollution of our waters have became worse. There are five Asian Nations that are the cause of majority, of the plastic pollution in the ocean: China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. These third world countries are massively dumping great amounts of plastic; more plastic than the rest of the world. Indonesia’s Citarum River is considered to be one of the most pollute river in the world. This matter has become so crucial and so urgent that the Army had to be called to remove the plastic waste and prevent dumping in the waterway.
Plastic polluting the ocean is not just a problem that belongs to Asia. It is not a problem that Asia should face alone. This is one of the greatest environmental challenge facing the entire world and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. According to South China Morning Post, Hong Kong goes through 5.2 million plastic water bottles a day. Since 2008 Hong Kong has thrown away over 12 billion plastic bottles.
It has been reported that a third of a 1.67 million tons of domestic waste disposed in Singapore, consisted mainly of plastic bags and food packaging. The amount is enough to fill more than one thousand Olympic size swimming pools. The Asian Nations have been importing waste from around the Globe.
Plastic Polluting the worlds ocean come from these then Rivers:
According to Dailymail, pollution costs 7.9 billion in damage to Marines ecosystems. Approximately one million sea birds, one hundred thousand sea mammals and hundreds of fishes are killed.
There needs to be an awareness created for this global issue. Once the awareness has been created, we the people must take action and do anything and everything necessary to stop and prevent this problem. This is effecting all sorts of ecosystem, marine life and sea life.
Written by Jazmin Minier