Walk in nature
Each of us, walking on the seashore, on the banks of some beautiful lake, in the woods, or near some nice mountain stream, has sometimes noticed a plastic bag, a bottle or other plastic objects on the ground, among the stones or in the grass –we can define it plastic waste pollution.
A casual glance, maybe a quick thought „what a slob has been so …” and went beyond…..becoming so ACCOMPLICES of the slob one that threw that waste there.
Accomplices?? ..you will now ask… accomplice in what?
In my opinion ACCOMPLICE TO A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY!! How is it possible? Very simple, i’ll explain how.
So, that plastic waste that we do not pick up and take away, sooner or later ends up in a river, and then, directly or through a lake, in the sea. Here it floats for some time; then, because of the sun, of the collisions against the rocks, of the marine organisms that cling on them, etc. it shatters into particles, even very tiny ones. These particles do not go to the bottom of the sea, they remain floating in the water. The different forms of marine life trust the sea, the sea is their mother, what the sea gives them, they can eat it in full confidence. So, they eat these particles.
And so?? .. you’ll say .. it’s their loss !! – But, unfortunately, it is not so.
The microplastic particles, as the various scientific studies confirm, not only contain, as components, some toxic products, but also attract on them other toxic components already dispersed in the water. In this way, these micro plastic particles are transformed into “toxic candies”. The marine life forms, starting from the smallest ones, that eat these “toxic candies” become toxic in turn. See the video below .
(Courtesy of Verity White – Five Films – http://www.fivefilms.org/)
These life forms, which have become toxic, enter the food chain; they are in fact eaten in their turn by larger organisms, up to the fish, which in turn have eaten the largest plastic particles too.
At the other end of the food chain, we clever humans: we wake up early in the morning to go buy fresh fish, but it must be really fresh because we want to eat healthy and fresh stuff, so we look at the fish’s eyes to see if it’s really fresh, and we smell it carefully!
But we can’t look inside, in his organism: and once we get home we eat with taste the fresh fish that we cooked in the best way.
(Photo credit: 5Gyres)
Result for us humans? The microparticles and their toxic components are now transferred to our body! In other words, we ate that plastic waste we did not remove from the environment.
Recent analyzes of human stool samples confirm this sad and dangerous situation. (Please read the next article.)
In conclusion, I hope I have explained quite clearly the correlation between the plastic pollution and the humans, and why we become complicit in a crime against humanity if we do not collect plastic waste that others have left.
But, if you don’t agree with me or if you want to add something or comment, please use the contact form.
Suggestion? The next time we go for a walk, no matter where, and we see a plastic waste, let’s remove it from there and take it to a collection center. The next generations will thank us.
by Marcello Micheli – Vice President and Co-founder of the Hydrosphere Association