More than eight million tons of plastic end up in the oceans each year. Experts estimate that there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. If these statistics do not give you goose bumps, then the following pictures, taken by Roatan-based photographer, Caroline Power, will probably do it.
Recently, Caroline Power unveiled disturbing photographs taken near the Caribbean Island belonging to Honduras. Each reveals what she calls a “sea of plastic and polystyrene. As the Independent reports, the island’s sea is turned upside down by a tide of plastic waste. The waste includes plastic cutlery, bags, bottles and packaging that floats among the algae.
A photo, perhaps the most amazing, shows the sun blocked by the huge amount of pollution spilled into the ocean.
Roatan is only 20 km long and 5 km wide. Power, who lives on the island, shared the images on social media to try to raise awareness and realize the magnitude of the problem. She hopes that the shocking photographs will encourage people to “think carefully about how to use plastic” and adopt sustainable habits.
Disturbing Caribbean photographs show a sea of plastic and polystyrene
She wrote: “Think about your daily life, how did you take your food to leave the last time you ate out? How was your last meal on the street? It was probably styrofoam and served with a plastic fork and then put in a plastic bag.
Where does this waste come from? It is very difficult to know exactly where the ocean is coming from. But in this case, the association Blue Planet Society, which advocates for the preservation of the oceans, would have the answer: large quantities of plastic waste were seen being washed away by the Motagua River, located on the border between Honduras and Guatemala. This waste probably comes from illegal dumps that accumulated upstream of the river.
The video below gives an overview of the torrent of waste that has circulated on the watercourse.
Do you always use plastic trash bags? Plastic soda bottles? Do you wrap your plastic food? Do you put your fruits and vegetables in plastic bags at the supermarket? “
Power then challenged people to keep their garbage for a week, adding that most people would be disgusted by the amount of plastic they use and discard.
10 facts about plastic pollution:
1) In Los Angeles, 10 tons of plastic waste such as supermarket bags, straws and soda bottles pour into the Pacific Ocean every day.
2) Humans have produced more plastic in the last ten years than we have produced in the last century.
3) 50 percent of the plastic we use is discarded after a single use.
4) We currently recover only 5% of the plastic we produce.
5) The average American throws about 90 kg of plastic a year.
6) Plastic represents about 10% of the total waste generated.
7) Plastic production uses about eight percent of global oil production (bioplastics are not a good solution because they require food crops).
8) The plastic of the ocean is broken down into so small fragments that the plastic pieces of a one-liter bottle can be found on all the beaches of the world.
9) Plastic takes between 500 and 1000 years to decompose.
10) There are billions of pounds of plastic in the oceans, which is about 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces. 80% of the pollution comes from the earth.
The environment, wildlife and future generations need us. By making small changes in our daily lives, and by reducing our carbon footprint, we can make a big difference in our environment.