We look at our beaches today all along the West Coast following Cyclone Butchoy over the weekend. It is like the ocean has just had enough and regurgitated the froth of its stomach back up to show us what we are doing beneath its surface. Of the estimated 5.2 Trillion pieces of plastic debris in our seas, only 269,000 tonnes floats on the surface, while four billion plastic microfibres per square metre litter the deep sea.
As the good people participate in the cleanup we will all say ‘This is because of the cyclone’.
But it is not because of the cyclone, because the trash that our sick ocean has puked back up onto its beaches is the same trash we threw in the street.
It then flowed down the waterways and into the ocean.
Yes that drink bottle thrown out your car window onto the roadside is what makes up that garbage covering our beach.
Waterway in Manila
Manila reported over the weekend to have collected between 12 and 20 truckloads of trash from their shore totalling a reported 2.5 tonnes so far. Greenpeace reports Manila to be the third worst plastic polluting city in the world.. constantly dumping almost 190 tonnes of mismanaged plastic waste into the ocean annually. So removing 20 tonnes is not even the breath off a burp from our oceans full belly of rubbish. It is about one month worth of just Manila polluting that we are dumping right back in this month and every other month of the year.
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