Our message for today, the International Day of Biological Diversity and tomorrow, the International Day of The Turtle, is ‘no to plastics’. Biodiversity is threatened more and more every day and it appears that the biggest threat to the environment and wildlife (especially sea animals) is plastic.
Plastic garbage, such as plastic bags, straws, bottles, cups, etc. end up flowing from landfills to our forests and seas (both at the beaches where we swim and in the bottom of the ocean as well).
The problem is enormous. Fish (even fingerlings) eat those plastics; seabirds have plastic in their stomach; cetaceans are also found often with plastic in their bellies, and even zooplancton feeds off plastic. What is left over is broken up into tiny pieces (the so-called microplastics), which can even penetrate fish skin.
This means that even us, humans, end up eating this plastic, since we consume fish. Most likely we already have microplastics in our bodies.
But we can all contribute to the reduction of plastic in our day-to-day and to help with cleaning beaches and sea floors, so that biodiversity survives and we also have a better future!
We say no to:
🚫 plastic bags
🚫 plastic bottles
🚫 plastic cups
🚫 single-use plastics
On the contrary, we can say yes to:
✔️ paper bags
✔️ reusable water bottles
✔️ tap water (instead of bottled)
✔️ metal straws
✔️ recycling when the use of plastic is unavoidable (such as with Coca-Cola bottles)