We’ve come to the point where we’re literally swimming in plastic, not just us, but our underwater friends too. BBC’s Blue Planet II helped to put plastic pollution on the global agenda thanks to presenter and conservationist, Sir David Attenborough who said, “The plastic in our oceans ought never to have got there in the first place – much of it perhaps ought not to have even been manufactured at all. And yet it is there, in unbelievable quantities, causing untold harm to marine wildlife.
“Once it’s in the sea, it doesn’t really break down properly – it remains there for decades or even centuries. So, unless we get to grips with this quickly, we will soon find our oceans completely dominated by plastic. It’s a prospect that hardly bears thinking about. Strange as it may sound, I would encourage people to treat plastic with respect, because if it escapes into the environment it will remain there for a very long time. If you don’t need it, don’t use it. And if you do use it, be mindful of where you put it.”
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