Plastic makes up 80% of all marine pollution. Here’s how it threatens multiple species
17 May 2023
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As plastic waste accumulates, so is the evidence that it is doing irrevocable harm to the species that live in, and rely on, the world’s water.
Protecting our water is not only a key component of solving the climate crisis, but vitally important for protecting the species that live in it and depend upon it. That underscores the value of water and the biodiversity it supports.
Plastic and chemical pollution causes a range of health problems for aquatic animals and plants, and oil spills can be catastrophic.
This plastic pollution is a major threat to sea turtles as well, all seven species of which have been found with plastic in their digestive systems. They can mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and swallow them, leading to suffocation.
This is not an exhaustive list. Many more aquatic animals and plants are affected by pollution.
Removing and reducing plastic pollution
It is clear that pollution can have a devastating impact on ecosystems and a knock-on effect on the human populations.
Foundations and organisations such as The Ocean Cleanup have started removing plastics from oceans and waterways around the world.
By taking action to remove and reduce plastic and other pollution now, we can ensure that future generations will also be able to enjoy the beauty and diversity of the species that live in and depend upon our planet’s water.