According to reports, 8 billion kilos of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year, that’s a staggering 22,000,000 kilos of plastic every day; 900,000 kilos of plastic per hour; the equivalent of 60 container loads each weighing 15 tons. No wonder our beaches are covered in plastic debris. The problem will be with us for generations.
Over the course of time the sun breaks down plastic into micro plastics. Fish and other marine life end up with plastic in their digestive system, which eventually makes it into the human food chain.
In addition, 90% of all Ocean plastics originate from just 10 rivers (see fig1) so we want to improve awareness and inspire the global oceans clean-up, but also raise funds to target one particular polluter, the Indus River which is the second most polluting river is the world. Situated 1300km from Dubai, it offloads plastic into the Arabian sea between Pakistan and India. We are aiming to galvanize a multilateral partnership to clean it up.
Let’s all remember that that the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans could increase by a factor of 10 in the next decade! We owe it to ourselves and those who come after us to tackle it now.