Who is responsible for our sinking islands?

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Quenjule Slaven.

By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish and according to researchers, by then I will be completely submerged underwater.  Tackling the plastic problem and pollution in the ocean will help reduce the carbon pollution and global warming.      


I am the Honourable island Tuvalu, and I am drowning by the polluted ocean.  Do you not hear my cries?  

I have lived for more than 25 million years, but in the next fifty years, I will seize to exist.  

My fragile strips of green only just break the surface of the ocean.  

The mighty waves of the toxic plastic-soup pound the shoreline with gushing salt-water and the effects are devastating for my people.  Please help me!  You cause climate change! 

You cause global warming!  You cause sea-level rising and sinking vulnerable islands!  You cause pollution in the ocean, killing millions of marine life!  

Worldwide, 260 million tonnes of plastic production each year contributes to global warming and the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.”  Every time you throw away water bottles, a coffee cup, plastic bag, a straw or toothbrush, you are contributing more to ocean pollution and guilty for sinking our islands. 

The more you consume and deliberately dispose, the more corporations produce to suit humanity’s comfort.  

By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish and according to researchers, by then I will be completely submerged underwater.  Tackling the plastic problem and pollution in the ocean will help reduce the carbon pollution and global warming.       

What can you do to save our ocean, its inhabitants and sinking islands?  The plan is to bring awareness to global warming by limiting industrial, agricultural and urban waste being swept into the sea.  Awareness generates ideas and prepares us for the future.  Your daily choices and actions make all the difference to our ocean.  It is not just a threat for the environment anymore, but for the entire ecosystem.  If there is one topic that we should all agree on, it is that the Ocean is a living organism and if it dies, we all die.

So what’s the plan?

The plan is to increase price of plastic production, encourage people to save money by reusing existing plastic. Experts agree the best solution is to just stop all the production of plastic from getting into the water in the first place. 

 About 80% of ocean trash comes from land.  

The plan is trash can be managed through change in major contributing systems: become less dependent on plastics, make sure waste is disposed of properly and keep speaking to your country’s government to create prevention policies to effectively rethink the entire system of single-use plastic and littering.  

Legally, add a surcharge for every store bought non-biodegradable plastics and collect as much throw-away plastic before it gets into the ocean, use this surcharge fee towards the clean-up of oceans.  No matter how you do it, cleaning the oceans will be hard but very possible.  

The plan is to introduce, integrate and practice the six R’s in schools, youth activities, churches, community, sport teams, to anyone or anywhere:  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, Repair and most importantly REFUSE!   

The key to creating sustainable change is to look for others with the same goal of becoming an active advocate to our waters and their inhabitants, since these creatures are unable to speak for themselves.  The plan to get out of this mess is working together.  Togetherness is the solution we require.  Once you realize the power of working together, for the second time mankind will have discover fire, the kind of fire that shines and not burn.  

So much damage in the water is hidden, but what is not is even more terrifying.  

This is the cost of your convenient world, of the tiny disposable choices you make to throw something away, often several times in an hour.  

This is just the beginning of what your choices are doing to our planet, to our sinking islands, to your culture, to your people, to your home and mankind’s future.  The greatest impending doom to life as we know it is doing absolutely nothing.   All it takes is will and togetherness to save our world and save my Blue Heart.

 

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