One misconception at microplastics is that they are "not ideal, but safer" than the plastic bags and can holders that entrap creatures every day.
Bill Mott, Executive Director of The Ocean Project, explains why the event this year is focusing more than ever on youth: "We are seeing young people step up in huge ways to help lead the charge for positive change".
The initiative, to be pioneered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), would provide an incentive for people to create investments and business in plastic recycling.
The guest speaker is Laura Griffith-Cochrane, marine biologist and curator of the Ucluelet Aquarium. These small changes can save the lives of marine animals.
"The impacts of plastic pollution in the Mediterranean are also being felt across the world and are causing serious harm both to nature and human health". Furthermore, oceans are a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.
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Trudeau added that Canada would "invest $100 million to rid our oceans of the global plastic pollution".
Carlos M. Duarte: No, plastic waste is the one that has gained a lot of popularity but it's by far not the most important problem of the ocean at all. NextWave is an honest attempt on the part of Dell and other participating companies to develop a sustainable model for reducing plastic waste. Additionally, American Express is committing to reduce the use of single-use plastic within its operations globally.
"Mainers harvest roughly more than 300 million pounds of seafood for human consumption every single year", said Maine State Representative Mick Devin.
Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador is marking World Oceans Day with a "social media day of action", CEO Craig Pollett said.
This year's theme for World Oceans Day will be preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. Until recently, China imported recyclable materials including plastic from developed countries, such as Canada, the USA and European countries, but these imports have since been banned. It's commendable that South Africa took this pledge, because it is well-recognised as an ocean plastic polluter.
Firstly, we should reduce our dependency on plastics.
We've produced a whopping 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since the 1950s, and with plastic production set to quadruple by 2050, there's an urgent need to do something about it. Oceans connect all of us, linking people and nations in cultural ties, and they are essential for sharing goods and services across the world. From cups to milk bottles, bamboo and hemp-based materials offer great alternatives to plastic.
Coinciding with World Oceans Day, the WWF report Out of the Plastic Trap: Saving the Mediterranean from plastic pollution raises the alarm on the dramatic effects that excessive plastic use, poor waste management and mass tourism are having on one of the most visited regions in the world.