Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Breath of Life

Do you realize that every other breath you take is a gift from the sea? During the process of photosynthesis oxygen is released from phytoplankton. It doesn't matter where you live.

Every day more than 2.4 million pounds of plastic trash is dumped into the sea, and most of it comes from the land.  When we head home after a day at the seashore we must take what we brought with us away. We can empower our children with the responsibility of cleaning up after themselves.

Plastic waste circles the globe via currents and massive gyres.  Plastic debris is mistaken for prey and eaten by fish, sea animals, and seabirds which can kill them.  Harmful chemicals leach from plastics floating in the oceans poisoning and killing sea life, including phytoplankton.

If breathing is precious to you use less plastic. Buy less plastic.  Re-use the items that you already have.

A growing number of communities world wide are banning the use of plastic bags. Sea turtles and other marine animals and birds don't know what a plastic bag is. The shape of a plastic bag signals "jelly fish" to them and they go after it. These animals and birds starve to death with bellies full of plastic.

Plastic mustn't be abolished. The use of plastics in medicine is essential. However, when we are checking out at the market the choice of "paper or plastic?" should no longer be offered. BYOB should now be Bring Your Own Bag.  m & v

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