This spring – starting with Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, we will encourage folks to use less plastic using the following 9 tips, and featuring 1 tip each week. We can make a difference – and you can help!
The consequences of plastic are well known, but worth repeating. In 2009 more than 60 scientists contributed to a report on the environmental toll. Quoting David Barnes, a lead author and researcher for the British Antarctic Survey, “One of the most ubiquitous and long-lasting recent changes to the surface of our planet is the accumulation and fragmentation of plastics.” This report is now almost 10 years old, but the article goes on to say, “The amount of plastic manufactured in the first ten years of this century eclipses the total produced in the entire last century.”
There are some hopeful signs – for examples, new technologies are being tested to remove huge amounts of plastic from the world’s oceans. Nevertheless it is incumbent on each of us to be mindful of our use and disposal of plastic. If you are already doing these things, thank you! If not, here are some ways you can help.