Some ten million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year, and this figure is expected to increase. This is endangering ocean life, economic livelihood and human health.
Items ending up in the world’s oceans include lighters, plastic bags, plastic bottles and fishing lines, and all this is polluting the oceans.
In order to raise awareness about this environmental problem, the US Ambassador to Malta, G. Kathleen Hill, inaugurated an interactive exhibition, entitled An Ocean Free of Plastic, at the Malta National Aquarium. The exhibition is aimed at making the public more aware of ocean pollution.
“So some of the consequences we witnessed here in Malta are for instances turtles being rescued from the ocean who are wound up in plastic and fishing lines and have to be rehabilitated, and some of them suffer grievous injuries,” Ambassador Hill stated.
The Ambassador said that since 2014 some 850 billion euro have been invested in safeguarding the oceans and world environment, adding that people can play their part in their own homes by ensuring plastic does not end up in the seas.
“Using re-usable items instead of plastic bags and plastic bottles, using re-usable bottles, using cloth bags when you go to a grocery store… taking down the amount of plastic we use as an individual on a daily basis,” Ambassador Hill stated.
The US Ambassador stressed on the conference for ocean protection, being held in Malta in October, and which is being attended by scientists, entrepreneurs and civil society, with the aim of finding tangible solutions to ocean pollution.