Our love for the ocean is never-ending. The ocean plays a significant role in planet earth and humankind. This is the time when we need to discuss how we directly or indirectly impact our ocean, marine life, and ecosystems.
We all say we love nature. But this time we need to change our perspective of love for the ocean. We have only one ocean. It produces more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere and absorbs the carbon from it. The air we breathe, the freshwater that we all drink, the food we eat, everything comes from the ocean.
The ocean provides so many medicinal plants and maintains the temperature of the earth. It’s the home of dolphins, whales, turtles and so much more. So many industries like fisheries and aquaculture are connected with the ocean.
What in return has given to the ocean? Just enjoying our weekend watching the sunset and the waves crash is not love. Maintaining balance is the motto of life. To love the ocean and marine life we should show some respect on an individual level, community level, and world level. From ocean lovers, it’s time to become ocean leaders and it starts now.
This time plastic straws are becoming a topic of discussion. We all know that plastic straws and plastic objects, in general, are bad for marine life. Straws come when we order beverages, soft drinks, even a glass of water. We can ask ‘but straws are so small so how can they impact so negatively on the oceans. It’s right! But when its usage adds up to millions of straws disposed of then plastic straws create a major problem to the environment and ocean.
Plastic straws are not fully biodegradable. They break down into microplastic and become more harmful than normal plastic because it’s easily consumed by marine animals.
Many times we have heard about the word “Garbage Patches”. What they are? They are marine debris items (Human Created Waste) that has deliberately or accidentally been released in a lake, sea, ocean, or waterway.
Accordingly, scientific survey, there are 5 garbage patches in the world. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is the largest of the five offshore plastic accumulation zones in the world's oceans.
To end the use of plastic we have to reject the single-use of plastics starting with straws. Order cold drinks without a straw at a restaurant, but better still keep a metal straw in your pocket. They are reusable and can be used, cleaned, and reused over and over again.
My wish is that in 4 to 5 years’ time, we don’t have any need to discuss plastic straws and people all over the world will use different eco alternatives thus eliminating or at least reducing the negative impact on our ocean life.