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IT’S BEEN SO LONG SINCE MY LAST NERD’S DIGEST! *cough* I also miss writing like this – FREE STYLE!
The Deluxe version is not a weekly installment, though. Hihihi.
This is a special digest cause this is jam-packed with information and with a cause! Boohyah! If that’s even still cool to say. HAHAHA!
APRIL 22, 2017 – I attended iLuvCebu’s Instameet with their theme “Protect Our Seas” where guest speaker Miss Scuba International first Runner-up Christine Paula Love Bernasor talked about the impact of plastics on our oceans and seas.
She discussed how our cheap and easily manufactured plastics destroy the ocean and its inhabitants.
First, here’s a list of things you need to know about plastic:
- It is made from organic compounds which mean atomic Carbon is present – an element known to bond so well; when we say organic in chemistry, it means something like ammonia and not “brown rice organic”
- Various organic compounds are mixed with other various elements to form different types of plastics, some of which are toxic to humans
- Plastics are lightweight and malleable but extremely durable which means it would take time to degrade (we’re talking hundreds of years for some type of plastics)
- They can be your friends or your enemies – figuratively or literally. 😀
Here are the things I’ve learned:
WE ARE SWIMMING IN A SEA OF PLASTIC
I remember that electoral campaign jingle that asked “Nakaligo ka na ba sa dagat ng basura? [Have you ever swum in a sea of trash?]”
My answer has always been YES. I know the thought of the song was about poverty and pollution in the slums but unarguably the seas are not as clean as we all think.
Tons and tons of plastics are thrown into the ocean every day across the globe.
Divers who wish to see beautiful corals hundreds of miles from a major city, and yet they can find kilos of plastic trapped in corals and sea forests.
Beaches are swarmed with floating napkins and used diapers. This I can attest in person.
When I traveled to Carnaza Island, an island a few kilometers off from Malapascua Island, I certainly thought the place was untarnished: clear, clear, clear waters and almost as if we were the only people on the island. Then when I swam the crystal clear water, I found diapers and napkins trapped in corals and I even found a board shorts.
Imagine if all of us used plastic and threw it to ocean. Let’s do the math:
On average, in a hypothetical situation, a normal 25-year-old guy would spend/throw three to four plastic items a day. Again, in a wild hypothesis, it would weigh around a 500 grams or less.
One month in and he’s already had 15 kilograms of plastic. In a year, he’d have approximately 200 kilograms.
Ideally, if everyone in the world used plastic, the overall amount would approximate to 200 kg of plastic multiplied to 7 billion people – that’s 1400000000000 kg a year.
If plastic was gold, we’d all be rich.
WE NEED SERIOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENT
Throwing our trash into the ocean is not a solution to the ever-growing problem of pollution, may it be plastic or toxic chemical waste.
We pile these up and when all of these mix in the ocean – concocting deadly bacteria or chemicals – and eventually return to our households or waterways, we then realize we never got rid of our trash cause it came back in a more deadly form.
However, improving waste management is a collective effort – from planning to implementation – because no matter how good the plan is, when everyone else is uncooperative, it will just be futile.
I for one believe in a simple economical rule – demand. If we were to regulate or completely stop the use of use-once plastic bags or bottles, the demand will shrink. Thus, reducing the production.
I know it’s really simple and might contain flaws along the way but if you think about it, no one would wanna produce something no one wants. 🙂
Current waste management proves to be very inefficient and has more damage than an actual solution.
WE CAN SHOW LOVE TO OUR SEAS
We can show love to our seas by disposing of plastic correctly or avoid using it for short-term purposes.
Remember: Plastics are REUSABLE! It is made so that it can last very long despite being lightweight and cheap. This is the most efficient and economical way to save our seas.
REUSE. REUSE. REUSE.
Aside from reusing, these are a few of the many ways to reduce our plastic impact on our ocean:
- Bring tumblers and use them when eating outside like in fast-food stores; have the waiter or the store to put the drink in your container instead
- Stop using straws
- Support recycled products (products produced by recycling plastics)
- Bring your stainless steel utensils and instead of using disposable utensils (it’s sanitary, too)
- Support clean-up drives by LGU’s or by private institutions whenever you can
It took me so long to post this. But it’s here now. HAHAHA.
Tell me what you think about plastics or wastes in general. I’d be happy to discuss it here. 🙂