Australia’s coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometres and is linked by over 10,000 beaches! That’s more than any other country in the world. And, more than 85 per cent of Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast, making it an integral part of our beautiful country.
The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland, is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space. The 2,30 km-long ecosystem is home to countless species of colourful corals, fish, molluscs, starfish, turtles, dolphins and sharks – unfortunately, it is also home to countless plastic pollutants that are killing off our marine life.
We have a huge problem of plastic pollution in our oceans and it needs to be stopped!
You may think that your individual involvement may not make a difference, but it will! It only takes one person to start and many will follow. The same goes with businesses and manufacturers that supply large amounts of plastic to customers. We need more individuals and businesses top jump on board and help end this plastic disaster.
You can make a difference by simply not including plastic in your day-to-day life and cutting back on just how much plastic you do contribute to land waste. You may think that you don’t use that much plastic, but you would be very surprised at just how much you do actually use when you pay attention. Think about it! You have your daily coffee lid and sometimes the cup itself. What about when you forget to take a bag to the shops, when you get vegetables or fruit, when you buy a chocolate or ice-cream or even when you get a fresh juice – you’re trying to be healthy for your body, but what about our oceans and the marine life that live within it!
Plastic is literally everywhere and it can easily go under the radar at just how much is on our lives every day. Even if you do end up with a plastic item that you throw out, it goes into land waste and piles up. In some cases, plastic escapes land waste and floats right into the ocean. By stopping plastic at the source means you, as an individual, don’t use plastic in the first place. In some cases, it can be unavoidable, but, as we battle this plastic war large manufacturers will jump on board and start packaging items in a more eco-friendly way. Until then, you – as an individual – can make a huge difference by paying attention to how much plastic is in your life and reducing it from today.
At Endurothon Oz, we have one main focus, clean the oceans.
Though it sounds simple, the fact is it’s not. With one garbage truck full of plastic being dumped into the ocean every minute, it is now predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean! This is alarming and pretty scary too.