The plastics that choke our planet

The millions of tons of plastic waste that we throw into the oceans every year have caused an ecological catastrophe, but they also pose a threat to the plants and animals that live on earth, including us. 11Onze’s agent, Mònica Cornudella, makes us reflect on the problem and possible solutions.

 

From the Arctic to the Antarctic, the world is sinking under the weight of billions of tonnes of accumulated plastic pollution that we find all over the planet. This is persistent waste, which can take hundreds of years to disappear, and threatens the livelihoods of many animal species.

As Cornudella explains: “The situation is dramatic, 500 million tonnes of plastic were produced during 2020, 900% more than in 1980”. The global production of plastics has skyrocketed in recent decades. Even so, only a minority of these plastics are recycled, and many end up decomposing into microplastics. “Small plastic pellets, no more than 5 mm thick, that pass through the filters of wastewater treatment plants and end up in the sea,” says Cornudella.

But how can we solve this problem? What can each of us do to do our bit to stop this from getting much worse? To find out more, watch the video below.

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  1. Joan Santacruz CarlúsJoan Santacruz Carlús says:
  2. Manuel Bullich BuenoManuel Bullich Bueno says:
    Manel

    Cal prendre consciència de la greu situació i cadescú de nosaltres hauríem de canviar els nostres hàbits, per tal de no dependre tant del plàstic.

    • Càrol RafalesCàrol Rafales says:
      Càrol

      Hauríem de començar per aquí, Manuel, però també hi ha moltíssima feina a fer en molts altres àmbits. Gràcies pel teu comentari!

      6 months ago
  3. Daniela SimónDaniela Simón says:
  4. Mercè ComasMercè Comas says:
    Mercè

    Convindria fer una ruta guiada pels abocadors del país. Allò que ningú no vol prop de casa i que no cap en el terme municipal de cap ciutat perquè està ocupat per equipaments o pulmons verds. Potser però seria un vist i no vist un cop s’ ha tornat a casa.
    I per les incineradores, empreses de concessió governamental.

    • AlbertAlbert says:
      Albert

      Del tot d’acord, Mercè. Crec que una ruta com aquesta que proposes seria d’un gran impacte per tothom. L’ideal potser fora que no hi hagués cap abocador, de manera que tot, absolutament tot, es reciclés.
      Gràcies per la teva reflexió!

      6 months ago
  5. Jordi MorenoJordi Moreno says:
    Jordi

    Sí, tenim a sobre una lluita esfereïdora contra el plàstic. Quan abans ens posem a netejar el món de plástic, abans ens conscienciarem i veurem la llum al final del túnel. Cal una neteja integral de plàstic a tots els nivells del planeta. Hi han localitzades 5 superilles de brossa de plàstic al oceà pacífic. Campanya per a treure-les♻️🌍https://anellides.com/es/blog/islas-de-plastico/

    • Càrol RafalesCàrol Rafales says:
      Càrol

      Molt d’acord amb tu, Jordi! Gràcies pel teu comentari!

      6 months ago

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