Goal 14: Life below water

Life under water will soon be gone, unless us humans stop polluting and start cleaning up our mess. The biggest issue today are the huge amounts of plastic floating around in the world seas. It’s predicted that there will be more plastic in the sea than fish in 2050, which is only 30 years from now.

In class today, we watched the documentary “The Plastic Whale”. Here we really got to see how plastic is drastically affecting the wild live in the oceans. It documented the incident when a huge whale washed up on the shore of Norway near Bergen. The people there didn’t understand at first why the Whale didn’t want to go back to the ocean, and they tried to push him back out. However, when it came back for the third time they decided to put the whale down. When they opened his stomach, it became clear why the whale didn’t want to leave. It was filled with sixteen plastic bags of different sizes which had clogged the Whale’s digestion. The whale was starving to death.

I think it is unbelievable that the issue with plastic have become this big. How did we get here? The huge lack of knowledge and the amount of recklessness is astonishing. For me it is clear that we need to act now, and everyone has to participate. Every piece of plastic we see in nature is our responsibility to pick up. If we don’t, it will be broken down to micro plastic, eaten by fish and eventually end up at our dinner table. The worst-case scenario must be that in year 2100 there may not even be a wild life left in the sea.

I’m already participating in organized clean ups and will continue to do so. I have seen with my own eyes the effect these clean ups have, and the huge amount of plastic that can accumulate in one place. However, it is necessary that everyone participate since the plastic is practically everywhere. If everyone in Norway picked up only one piece of plastic over 5 million pieces will be removed from nature. Now, imagen if everyone in the whole world would do it.

It is clear that plastic have become a huge international problem, and it’s not going to be solved tomorrow. However, if everyone take responsibility and remove a little plastic from the oceans it will make a huge change. A change not only for you and me, but also for all the wild life in the oceans.

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