This is absolutely disgusting, but worth knowing:
The situation is far, far worse then the world’s government will admit. When you think about this, how did humanity let this get so bad?
Yes, we need to clean up our coastlines, but that’s not a solution, it’s a Band-Aid. The problem is the plastic industry, packaging, consumerism and commercial fishing (the majority of plastics are related to the fishing industry). There is also no accountability for plastic wastes.
This byproduct of human ‘civilization’ isn’t the least bit civilized, unless we’ve come to accept the notion that civilization means “wastes”. Which we have, and which we have consistently ignored.
This amount of plastic will mean that the chemical composition of the water in the oceans has changed for the worse (never to go away). Yet each year, hundreds of millions of tons more of this waste makes it way into the world’s oceans because humanity can’t stop itself from polluting.
I’ve no doubt that this is one of the reasons for fishery collapse, as poisoned fish find it increasingly impossible to survive in a polluted ocean.